Baptism Preparation

 

 

It is always our delight at St. John’s to be part of God’s gracious work in the life of a child through baptism and to be part of their family’s journey of faith in Christ. Baptism preparation is one way we seek to carry out our congregational commitment to support and equip households to celebrate life in Jesus, grow in faith and share his love.

BAPTISM SUNDAYS

Baptisms usually take place during a regular Sunday morning worship service. There are 4 Baptism Sundays during the year, on which Baptisms take place. Your child’s Baptism (or yours, if an adult0 will take place along with othe families who have chosen the specific day. In 2017, Baptism Sundays are scheduled for

  • 26th February 2017
  • 28th May 2017
  • 27th August 2017
  • 26th November 2017

PREPARATION 

For families resident in the Bundaberg region, the process of preparation for infant baptism involves parental attendance at three group preparation sessions. The first two sessions in each preparation series are usually offered on Sunday mornings, usually after our 10 am service. Upon request, child care will be available during these sessions for families with other children. The third session in each series will take place in a timeslot negotiated with those involved. These three sessions are  designed to support and equip parents to carry out their calling of passing on the Christian faith in and through their homes.  Godparents or baptismal sponsors will be invited to attend the third session. Attendance by at least one parent at all three sessions is required.  

Participation in baptism preparation by expectant parents before the birth of their child is welcomed – this is usually a much easier time for parents to be involved.

For families living outside of the Bundaberg region, it is requested that baptism preparation be conducted with a Lutheran Pastor in your home locality before the agreed date for the baptism at St. John’s, unless this is not practical. Notice of at least two months is required.  Contact Pastor to discuss what is involved.