Baptism is the central sacrament of entry into the Christian faith and a sign that we are entering a new life in Christ. It involves making a commitment to God and to the worshipping community. Our Anglican baptismal liturgy calls on us to promise to continue to worship and grow in community, to pray and to learn together, to proclaim the good news of God, to seek and serve Christ in all people, and to strive for justice and peace. We take these promises seriously and try to live them out in our lives together and individually.
At St Timothy’s, we baptize people of all ages. When infants and children are baptized, it is their parents who make the promises for them, as a pledge of their own commitment to bring their children up with these values and to help them, as they grow, to find their own place in the church community.
Except in special circumstances, baptisms are performed at the main service at 10 am, so that the community can witness and participate in the promises. The congregation will also be asked to promise to support the newly-baptized.
If you are looking for baptism for yourself or your child, please speak to one of the clergy. We will want to talk to you about how you understand baptism and the Christian life, and we will try to help you connect with other families or individuals who are at the same stage of their life in faith.
[If you have been baptized in any other Christian denomination, your baptism is considered fully valid in the Anglican Church. If you wish to reaffirm your promises or to celebrate your inclusion in the Anglican community, you can speak to one of the clergy about ways to do, but this is not a requirement.]