At St Andrew's we welcome the opportunity to receive people into the family of the church.
Baptisms, also known as christenings ('being made like Christ'), are conducted as part of the 10 am service, or other mutually agreed time. The whole service takes approximately one hour.
Two things occur in baptism. Firstly, God through the Holy Spirit makes a person a new creation. In spiritual terms, he or she is born again. Baptism acknowledges the person as a child of God. Secondly, a person also becomes a member of the Christian church. Baptism is the initiation rite of the church.
In baptism, the promises of God are visibly signed and sealed for us. We are joined to Christ, and made members of his body, the Church Universal, not just the Anglican Church. Baptism at St Andrew's is recognised by other most other members of the National Council of Churches in Australia, including the Roman Catholic Church and many Orthodox churches in Australia.