Baptism & Confirmation
Baptism marks the beginning of a journey with God which continues for the rest of our lives. It is a first step we take in response to God’s love. For all involved, particularly the candidates but also parents, godparents and sponsors, it is a joyful and unrepeatable moment when we rejoice in what God has done for us in Christ, make some serious promises, and declare our faith.
Baptism occurs in the context of the worshipping Christian community as the newly baptised are welcomed in the life and faith of the church. Baptism services are thus not conducted individually at private ceremonies.
The service paints many vivid pictures of what happens on the Christian way. There is the sign of the cross, the badge of faith in the Christian journey, which reminds us of Christ’s death for us. Our ‘drowning’ in the water of baptism, where we believe we die to sin and are raised to new life, unites us to Christ’s dying and rising. Water is also a sign of new life, as we are born again by water and the Spirit, as Jesus was at his baptism. And as a sign of that new life, there is a lighted candle, a picture of the light of Christ conquering the darkness of evil. Everyone who is baptised walks in that light for the rest of their lives.
Adapted from Common Worship: Services and Prayers for the Church of England 2000.
Jesus said to them, ‘Let the little children come to me; do not stop them; for it is to such as these that the kingdom of God belongs (Mark 10.14).
Request a Baptism
Baptisms are conducted on the second Sunday and on the fourth Sunday of the month, both at single services starting at 12pm. All months of the year, except for January. Contact the parish office by phone or email to check availability. At this point the baptism can be entered into the parish diary and a confirmation letter will be sent out to you.
The application form provides St John’s with all of the information we need to confirm the Baptism and to produce the necessary certificates and entry into the parish records. The form can be downloaded below as a word document.
The completed form can be returned by email to the parish office as an attachment or mailed to 86 Clendon Road Toorak, Victoria, 3142.
The parish office will then send to the parent/s who made the enquiry.
- A letter confirming the time and date of the baptism, with details of the parish preparation program.
- An application form.
- A Thanksgiving envelope.
- Advice about selecting godparents.
Parent/s return the completed application form to the office, providing details of the child to be baptized and the names of the godparents.
If you are not a regular attendee of the Parish of St Johns we would encourage you to consider making a donation to assist with costs of the parish. A suggested donation might be $200. If you would like to make a more substantial gift in the thanksgiving of your child please speak to the vicar.
Order of Service
The order of service at all baptisms at St. John’s follows the Order of Service below, taken from A Prayer Book for Australia 1995 (The Anglican Church of Australia) and Common Worship 2000 (the Church of England).
It is important the sponosrs (that is, parents and godparents), have read the order of service and in particular the section marked ‘The Decision’.
St John’s schedules a Service of Confirmation each year, and often twice in the year, pending availability of the Bishop. Expressions of interest can be taken at any time by the parish office. Candidates must have been baptised, or may be baptised and confirmed at the same time. Although the majority of confirmees are aged 12-16 years, adults are also welcomed. Preparation is conducted at the church for at least three weeks, usually from 4pm on a week night. Adult confirmees are prepared seperately.
The next service of Confirmation is yet to be confirmed
In confirmation those who have been previously baptised come to confirm their baptismal promises and join with the other candidates to receive the laying on of the bishop’s hand with prayer… All who have been baptised and confirmed are called to study the Bible, to take part in the life of the Church, to share in the Holy Communion, and to pray faithfully and regularly. We are called to share with others, by word and example, the love of Christ and his gospel of reconciliation and hope. We are called to love our neighbours as ourselves, to honour all people and to pray and work for peace and justice. from A Prayer Book for Australia 1995.