Upcoming Baptism Dates
Our next opportunity to get baptised: Sunday October the 25th.
At Immanuel we baptise people at any age since we know that it is God’s work and not our own which matters most. For more info contact our office here.
What Is Baptism?
Baptism is water and the words of Jesus. In baptism we are claimed for Jesus Christ. It is a holy moment in which someone is welcomed into Immanuel congregation and the worldwide Christian church. It is a time when the Holy Spirit does something special. The ancient word “baptidzo” means “wash”. The water reminds us of the new life that comes from Christ’s death and resurrection. Although some churches vary the method of baptism, it is the same gift in all churches that believe in Jesus Christ. So it’s not about being baptised “Lutheran”, it is about entering the ‘Body Of Christ’.
Baptism For Adults And Teens
If you are thinking of getting baptised we are excited for you! We’d like to find a group of people to support you as you prepare and to help you learn more about Jesus. Team members can include friends, anyone you respect or admire of your age and should also include someone more mature in faith who can support you in the journey to come. Your team will meet with you to prepare and learn and mentor you afterwards. If you are ready to follow through a life with Christ then you are ready! Here’s the guide for adults and teens considering baptism… 0 Baptism Brochure – Adults & Teens
Baptism For Babies And Children
Before you can come for a baptism at Immanuel you need to meet with our pastor, then attend ‘The Baptism Info’ morning. We run the Baptism Info morning at least four times a year, mostly on Saturday mornings. Because baptism is a huge gift from God we don’t take it lightly. Because of grace (God’s unconditional love for sinners) we don’t say “no” to requests for baptism. But a natural part of Baptism is learning about Jesus and following him in your life. So as a part of the baptism we have a series of discussion nights to learn more about Christ and his purpose for your life in baptism. Because it’s about being welcomed into the Christian community, we usually baptise at a worship service of the church. After you’ve done the baptism course you are welcome to work out a date with Pastor. Here’s the brochure for baptism of babies… 0 Baptism Brochure – Babies
What Are Godparents?
In the Christian church godparents take a spiritual role in helping a young person grow in faith. This can’t be done unless Godparents themselves have an alive faith in Christ. So it’s important for godparents to be learning about Christ and growing spiritually. If you’ve been asked to be a godparent, then this is a call from God to develop your faith! When an adult gets baptised (perhaps this is you?) they also publicly declare their faith and promise to follow Christ. When a child is being baptised we ask parents and godparents to promise that they will help the child learn of Jesus and guide them towards the ‘confirmation’ of their faith. The baptism promises mean that you will include Christ in your everyday life and relationships. They include bringing the child to worship to learn and grow in faith.
What The Bible Says About Baptism:
Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
1 Peter 3:20-21
In Noah’s ark only eight people were saved from drowning in the flood. And this is a symbol of baptism, which now saves you by the power of Jesus Christ’s resurrection. Baptism is not a removal of dirt from your body; it is a clean conscience before God.
We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life. If we have been united with him like this in his death, we will certainly also be united with him in his resurrection.