Baptism (some people call it Christening) is a special service to welcome children or adults into the community of God. In baptism, parents thank God for His gift of life, make a decision to start their child on a journey of faith and godparents promise to help and support both the child and the parents as they all grow into deeper love of God and of each other. The church also promises to welcome the child and to pray for the family.
For your child, being baptized at a Christening marks the start of a lifelong journey of faith as part of the local and worldwide Christian family.
If you would like to have your child baptised at St James’ Cathedral, please email us or call 0431 562 680.
A godparent is a baptised person (from any Christian denomination) who makes the promises on behalf of the child.
Because they promise to bring the child up as a Christian, to pray regularly for the child and to bring the child to church; it is expected that they will be Christians themselves.
Godparents help to look after the spiritual growth of a child, keep in regular touch with the child through letters or calls, and provide someone, apart from the parents, to whom the child can talk freely.
A godparent does not have to be physically present at the baptism and it is possible to have a proxy (another person) stand in for the absent godparent on the day.