Baptism is a gift from God. We are called to baptize those who wish to follow Christ. In St Matthew’s gospel Jesus says:
“All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything that I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”
Being confident in this promise, Christians have baptized those who are able to confess their faith as well as infants. Baptism is an act of God where we are only receiving and witnessing the mercy he is pouring on us. It is Christ himself who calls us – and promises to be with us – in baptism.
The Church of England does recognize that there are various circumstances where parents are bringing their child to baptism. For example there is no requirement for parents to be baptized before their child. Additionally, the Anglican Church does not have any membership or residence requirements for baptism.
Every child to be baptized should have at least three godparents who are baptized. Two should be the same sex and one of the opposite sex.
After the baptism, a certificate is written as proof of Christian baptism. It is also serves as a reminder of our baptism: to seek Christ and his way in our life.
Contact the Chaplain for more information.