What is a Baptism?
Baptism marks the beginning of a journey with God which continues for the rest of our lives. Baptism is a significant moment in the life of the child or adult being baptised as they join their new family of the Church, the body of Christ, who commit themselves to Christ, the Church and the World by publicly saying in front of the worshipping community that they:
- Will reject the devil and all rebellion against God
- Will renounce the deceit and corruption of evil
- Will repent of our sins that separate us from God and neighbour
- Will turn to Christ as our Saviour
- Will submit to Christ as Lord
- Will come to Christ, the way the truth, and the life.
Baptism is a beginning. Parents and Godparents make these promises on the child's behalf, committing themselves to bringing their child to the Bishop, once he or she is old enough, to make these promises for themselves in the service of Confirmation. Baptised adults will also reconfirm their promises in front of the Bishop at the appointed time.
Who can be baptised at St John's Cathedral?
Baptism is open to all people who wish to accept Jesus Christ as their Lord and Saviour and to live out the Christian faith in their lives by commitment to a life of worship, prayer, and service within the Church
Parents wishing to have their babies baptised should have attended worship on a regular basis for over three months.
Parents whose children are 2.5 years and over should be attending worship and having their children enrolled in the Sunday School for the last 12 months.
Adults wishing to prepare for adult baptism and confirmation should have attended worship on a regular basis for over three months.
In preparation for baptism, we seek to explore our faith and to understand the promises being made at baptism. Baptismal preparation is arranged before the date of each baptism and is done with a group of parents who are having their child baptised at the same service. In the case of an adult, a series of discussions with other adults seeking baptism is held over a twelve week period. Discussions are held in English and Cantonese.
The Baptismal Service
At the Cathedral, baptisms are normally celebrated on the first and fourth Sunday of the month alternatively, at the 11.45am service. The first Sunday of the month is All Age Worship with Holy Communion, which includes our Sunday School children’s choir and children’s music ensemble. The fourth Sunday of the month is a Holy Communion service with hymns.
Baptisms are not conducted during Lent, a period of fasting and prayer in preparation for celebrating the resurrection of Jesus at Easter. In 2017 Lent runs from Ash Wednesday, 1st March until Easter Eve, 15th April.
There is no fee for baptism; however, we do encourage you to make an offering of thanks for the work of the Cathedral by placing your contribution, in an envelope provided, in the offertory bowl during the baptismal service.
If you would like to discuss baptism further, please contact the Cathedral Office on 2523 4157 or email our Baptism Coordinator, the Reverend Desmond Cox on firstname.lastname@example.org.
Baptism Service Dates 2017
Baptism Services will take place on the following Sundays during 2017. Please contact Fr Desmond Cox for more information.
23rd April The Second Sunday of Easter
28th May Sunday after the Ascension
11th June Trinity Sunday Baptism and First Communion for Sunday School students
23rd July The Sixth Sunday after Trinity
27th August The Eleventh Sunday after Trinity
24th September The Fifteenth Sunday after Trinity
22nd October The Nineteenth Sunday after Trinity
26th November Christ the King The Sunday next before Advent