What is baptism?

Baptism (Christening) is the outward sign of a person becoming a Christian. Since ancient times the church has baptised both adults (who are able to make a declaration of faith for themselves) and children (who have godparents to make the declarations on their behalf). Baptism is often called ‘new birth’ and like the birth of a child, it is always a joyful occasion, as we celebrate God’s gift to us of a new brother or sister. Every baptised person is a part of Christ’s mystical body, the church, and is adopted by God as his beloved child. Teaching children to understand and claim the spiritual privileges given them in baptism is a solemn task: the whole church family is ready to help parents and godparents in this great work.