Baptism is the sacrament by which we become part of the Church. In many edieval Churches the Font stood to the back of the Church by the door as a reminder that Baptism is the door to the Church.
In John chapter 3 Nicodemus comes to Jesus and is told you can enter the kingdom of heaven unless he is born again by water and the Holy Spirit.
The core shape and form of Baptism is essential, it requires water and the form of the words ‘NAME, I baptise you in the Name of the Father and Of the Son and of The Holy Spirit’
Across the various denominations we mutually recognise and respect Baptism. The the essential part of the practice (ie water the the invocation of the Holy Trinity) is sufficient. People are in fact Baptised into Christ, the rite may be Orthodox, Catholic, Anglican, Uniting or some other denomination, the issue is that they are Baptised. We do not ‘re-baptise’ anyone because they are ‘baptised into Christ’. Whilst the Church sometimes struggles to find unity, on this point the Church is one.
In Anglican rite we will normally sign the candidate with the sign of the cross, the mark of our salvation and the victory that won for us in Christ’s Death and Resurrection.
We normally also give the the candidate a lighted candle (lit from the Great Easter (Paschal) Candle with the words, ‘Shine as a light in the world to the glory of God the Father’. We are all called as Christians to follow Christ and to allow his light to shine through us that others may see and believe.
There is a strong argument that baptism represent the beginning of ministry, and we gladly baptise children as they are, understanding that in due time they will confirm this commitment to Christ and His ministry to the Bishop in Confirmation.
You can Download our Application for Baptism (adult) Form on this link Baptism of an Adult
You can Download our Application for the Baptism of a Child Form on this link Baptism of a Child