At Holy Trinity we welcome all people seeking baptism.
For the church, the baptism of adults is regarded as the norm from which its understanding of baptism is formed. The Anglican church has believed in the appropriateness of infant baptism from the earliest era of the Christian faith. Scriptures speak of whole households being baptized on the strength of the faith of the head of the household.
We are conscious that there are both cultural as well as religious motives. Culturally, it so often provides the opportunity to celebrate the creation of a beautiful child with ones’ significant community of family and friends. As a parish we share in this celebration. More importantly, we celebrate the deeper significance of a relationship with Jesus that baptism enables with the baptized.
Following a meeting with the vicar, Geoff Cheong, you can choose between two options:
Baptisms as part of regular Sunday Prayer & Worship
Baptisms are celebrated within our Sunday Worship on Sunday morning at 10.30am. There is no special fee for this service, as attendees contribute, along with regular members, through the offering within the service.
Baptisms as a separate service.
Upon request, baptisms can be arranged at other times in the church. This however, will include a fee of $250 as we need to open the church.
God Parents are a traditional part of the baptisms of infants. It is a practice that grew out of an era when child mortality was considerably higher than our own day. We no longer regard it as essential to have God parents, for parents themselves are the chief spokespeople and mentors of the newly baptized. Nevertheless parents may still value additional mentors to join with them in making a declaration of faith on behalf of the gathered community to support the parents in nurturing the development and faith of the child.