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We recognise only two Sacraments: Baptism, and The Lord’s Supper (or Communion).
We understand Baptism to be the visible outward symbol God has given us to mark our belonging to his family through faith in Jesus. A person who comes to the realisation that they are alienated from God because of rebellion against his right to run their lives, who is sorry and wants to change from being God’s enemy into being his friend, and who takes hold of the only provision God has made for this to happen by trusting in Jesus’ self-sacrifice on the cross, is baptised as the outward sign of the cleansing power of Christ’s blood. A baptised person is thus recognised as a member of God’s Church and a part of the family of believers. We see this new relationship as entering into a covenant or agreement with God based on his grace and mercy alone (grace is getting what we don’t deserve; mercy is not getting what we do deserve!).
We believe that the privilege of being counted among God’s rescued community belongs not only to believers but to their children. By having their children baptised, believers take hold of God’s promises on their behalf, and commit themselves to bringing up these children as members of God’s family in active membership of his Church.
Two things need to be made clear: baptism does nothing in itself, but is only an outward sign of an inner work of God’s Holy Spirit in radically changing a person’s thinking and lifestyle to live daily under the Lordship of Christ; the baptism of infants is only appropriate where at least one parent is making a credible profession of faith in Jesus by being actively involved in the life of his Church.
For more information on our Baptism services, please contact us.