Baptism is a chance for to celebrate and thank God for the new life that he has given. It is an outward and visible sign of God’s love. It is a sign of belonging to the people of God.
At St Matthews we baptise children as well as adults. Children are baptised on the understanding that the child will be brought up to know Jesus Christ as their Lord and Saviour.
At a child’s baptism, parents and godparents are asked to make promises about their own commitment to follow Jesus. These promises don’t pull their punches and should not be taken lightly. Those willing to publicly make these promises are saying that Jesus is at the very centre of their lives and that they intend to live whole-heartedly for Him as Christian believers, moulded by and obedient to the teaching of Jesus.