St. Michael’s holds family life in great esteem. We believe it is important to give every child the opportunity to experience the love of God. A key question is how best to help your child from an early age. The Anglican Church recommends two ceremonies held during congregational worship services for introducing new born and very young children into the Christian Church.
- The Service of Thanksgiving & Blessing- This service is suitable for any family wanting to give thanks to God for the birth of their child and includes a naming ceremony and prayers of blessing for the child;
- The Service of Baptism for Infants- This service is for those families who regularly attend a church and where at least one parent professes the Christian faith according to the creeds of the church.
Those asking for baptism for a child must not only demonstrate a commitment of faith themselves, but also commit to raising the child in regular fellowship with a Christian congregation. The commitment includes the expectation that, when of a suitable age, the baptized child will make a profession of faith in an informed manner in a service of Confirmation. To help families decide the best course of action you can request a visit from one of the ministers of the church to discuss these options and what may be best for you. If baptism is decided upon, the minister will make further appointments to lead the parent(s) through two or three sessions to understand the commitment they are making from a biblical point of view.
Download the baptism information brochure here and consider requesting a visit from a minister of the church.