Baptism at Whiteley Church
Jesus has left clear instructions that those who profess faith in him and choose to follow him (to be his disciple) are to be baptised. Baptism marks the beginning of a journey with God which continues for the rest of our lives, the first step in response to God’s love. It is a joyful moment when we rejoice in what God has done for us in Christ, making serious promises and declaring the faith. The wider community of the local church and friends welcome the new status of the Christian, promising support and prayer for the future.
The baptism service paints many vivid pictures of what happens on the Christian way. There is the sign of the cross, the badge of faith in the Christian journey, which reminds us of Christ’s death for us. Our ‘drowning’ in the water of baptism, where we believe we die to sin and are raised to new life, unites us to Christ’s dying and rising, a picture that can be brought home vividly by the way the baptism is administered. Water is also a sign of new life, as we are born again by water and the Spirit, as Jesus was at his baptism.
At Whiteley we regularly offer infant and adult baptism. Typically this is offered to those who are joining or already belong to our church community. We also offer thanksgivings and dedications for children. Adults who were baptised as infants can reaffirm their baptismal promises.
Infant Baptism and Dedication
If you would like to have your child baptised or dedicated, please contact the Minister, and a member of our clergy will follow up with you. We generally hold our infant baptism services on the fourth Sunday of the month.
Adult baptism services can be arranged upon request. We believe baptism symbolises spiritual rebirth and a new belonging to a ‘new family’ but it is also a “means of grace”; that is, a means that the Holy Spirit uses to bring blessing to people. It marks a new beginning on the journey of faith.
Please do contact the Minister for details about when our baptism services are, and how you or your child can be baptised.