Congratulations on the birth of your child. Children are a wonderful gift from the Lord and we are glad that you want to mark this occasion with a church ceremony.
At Cobbitty Anglican Church we offer two types of christening service:
A service of Naming and Thanksgiving and a service of Infant Baptism. Both services allow for godparents, both take approximately 20 minutes and both involve the giving of a gift Bible to the child being christened.
For the children of regular attenders, the christening ceremony is incorporated into the family's normal Sunday morning or Sunday evening worship service. Non-members wishing to have their child christened will need to book a private service for their family and friends. These are conducted at 11:15am or 11:45am most Sundays of the year. There is only one family per service and a service booking fee of $200 applies.
What is the difference between a Naming Service and a Baptism?
The service of Naming and Thanksgiving allows parents to publicly give thanks to God for their child, to celebrate the support of family and friends and to pray for God's blessing on their child. The service does not require parents to make a public declaration of their faith in Jesus or to make any commitment to regular attendance at Cobbitty Anglican Church.
Baptism, on the other hand, is by its very nature a sign of membership in God's church. It is a ceremony which symbolises both the forgiveness of sin and the new life which Jesus brings to the person being baptised. During the service, the child's parents (or one of the parents) publicly profess their faith in Christ. They declare that they are trusting in Jesus alone for their salvation, that they are following Jesus as their Lord and that they are committed to meeting together with God's people Sunday by Sunday. On the basis of this public declaration, the child is then baptised into the faith in which they will be raised by their parent(s).
How do I book?
To book a christening service please phone the minister, Rev. David Barrie, on 4651 2226. He will advise which dates are available and organise a time to meet with both parents at the Rectory. During the 45 minute meeting, Dave will talk you through the options and help you determine which christening service is most appropriate for you and your child. Please call rather than email as it is much easier to coordinate calendars over the phone.