1. What is baptism?
Baptism, or christening, is the way people become members of God’s family, the church and the worldwide Christian community. The word “baptism” comes from the Greek word for washing. When we are baptised, we are washed in water “in the name of the Father and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.”
In other words, it is God (not the Vicar!) who washes us and gives us a new start.
God wants everyone to have a loving relationship with Him and with each other. Growing into those relationships can be a lifelong journey for Christians. Baptism is a public statement by God, the candidate, their supporters and the church that the candidate has joined the worldwide Christian community on that journey.