The Sacrament of Baptism
The Uniting Church in Australia takes seriously the sacrament of baptism.
“The Uniting Church will baptize those who profess the Christian faith, and children who are presented for baptism and for whose instruction and nourishment in the faith the Church takes responsibility.” (Basis of Union, paragraph 7)
As part of the Order of Service of baptism it is stated that:
Baptism is Christ’s gift.
It is the sign by which the Spirit of God
joins people to Jesus Christ
and incorporates them into his body, the Church.
In his own baptism in the Jordan by John,
Jesus identified himself with humanity
in its brokenness and sin;
that baptism was completed in his death and resurrection.
By God’s grace,
baptism plunges us into the faith of Jesus Christ,
so that whatever is his may be called ours.
By water and the Spirit we are claimed as God’s own
and set free from the power of sin and death.
Thus, claimed by God
we are given the gift of the Holy Spirit
that we may live as witnesses to Jesus Christ,
share his ministry in the world and grow to maturity,
awaiting with hope the day of our Lord Jesus.
Some things to read:
Baptism process information
Should children make up their own minds about religion?
If you would like to talk to the minister regarding baptism, please contact the church or minister via the contact details on this web site to make an appointment.