Holy Baptism is the way in which the church receives people into the family of God to live life in a new way and with new meaning. At the time of baptism, the person is formally received as a member of the church, and is welcome to share in the holy meal which we call the Holy Eucharist. According to the Book of Alternative Services of the Anglican Church of Canada, “baptism is the sign of new life in Christ and unites Christ with his people.” (p.146)
In the parish of Christ Church, Meaford and St. James’, Fairmount, Baptism is celebrated on major Holy Days: The Baptism of Jesus, The Easter Vigil, Pentecost, Holy Cross, Reign of Christ, and All Saints.
Since Baptism is the beginning of a life-long journey of faith and the start of a relationship with God and with the church—family, sponsors or godparents, and community members - Baptism takes place when the congregation gathers for the principal Sunday Eucharist.
BAPTISM OF INFANTS
Parents bringing children or infants to be baptised make a commitment to bring them up to understand God’s purpose for the world and to encourage them to participate in bringing about this purpose. Parents and sponsors/godparents make promises at their child’s baptism.
YOUTH AND ADULTS: INITIATION AND FORMATION
Many people were not baptised as infants. Adults and youth wishing to express their Christian faith in Baptism or simply wishing to explore the Christian faith or the Anglican Tradition are offered the opportunity to undertake this exploration through participation in one or more of our Christian Formation Programmes.