There are many reasons why parents have their babies baptised. Sometimes it is because they were baptised as babies. Others, wanting to give their children a ‘good start in life’ see baptism as a way of doing that. Still others believe that baptising their baby is ‘the right thing to do’, or that it will give their child a chance with God. More about baptism
We are really delighted that you are considering getting married in one of our churches. We ask all couples to participate in marriage preparation classes, because we want to help people establish a Christian marriage. More about weddings
We understand how difficult it can be at times like this. Please feel free to call us for help with a funeral, or just for someone to talk to. More about funerals
There are many reasons why parents have their babies baptised. Sometimes it is because they were baptised as babies. Others, wanting to give their children a ‘good start in life’ see baptism as a way of doing that. Still others believe that baptising their baby is ‘the right thing to do’, or that it will give their child a chance with God.
Since we believe that God values our children highly, and we understand that parents DO want to give their children the best start in life, we wholeheartedly want to take seriously any request by parents to have their children baptised. However, while baptism is a simple ceremony, involving a symbolic washing of a baby with water, it has great spiritual significance to our church, and indeed to all Bible believing Christians.
We discover this spiritual significance in a proper understanding of what the Bible has to say about baptism. Moreover, what the Bible says about baptism raises issues of conscience for both parents wishing to have a child baptised, and for the minister who will be taking the service. This is especially true if parents have not personally been in the habit of regularly attending a Bible believing church.
When and where are baptism held?
Baptism takes place as a part of one of our normal Sunday church services.
How do I organise a baptism for my child?
Those who are members of our church, and have typically been attending out church for at least a term make an appointment with one of our ministers to begin the process. This will include a short (4 one hour sessions) course called Explaining Christianity. For those who are not members of our church we would love you to join us and get to know us first.
Is there a fee for baptism?
No. Of course anyone is welcome to contribute to the work of our church should they wish to.
What if I’m an adult and want to be baptised?
We would be delighted to talk to you some more! Please contact one of our ministers for an appointment.
We are really delighted that you are considering getting married in one of our churches. We ask all couples to participate in marriage preparation classes, because we want to help people establish a Christian marriage.
Some people want to get married in a church because it is romantic, or because mum and dad would like that, or because it gives great photo opportunities. That is OK, however we hope you are coming to us for way more than that.
You see, a wedding is just a one day thing. In fact, when you think about it, your wedding is only the first day of you marriage. Irrespective of whether you are regular church goers, or not particularly clear on what it means to be a Christian and what the Bible has to say of marriage, our aim is to help you to think through what the Bible has to say about marriage, and being married Christians.
In fact it is our hope that after you are married you might even join us and become a part of one of our regular congregations so that we can continue to encourage and support you in your life together.
Which venues are available?
Our parish has three available centres: St Peter’s in Glenbrook, our new parish centre; St David’s at Blaxland, which seats about 100; and St Martin’s, Mt Riverview, which seats about 80.
Please contact the church office for further details.
Is preparation necessary?
Yes. We ask all couples to attend an appropriate one day seminar run by Anglicare, and to participate in our own marriage preparation classes. These typically take around four hours over a four week period.
Do we need to attend church?
We don’t insist on church attendance for couples we are marrying, however if you are not in the habit of attending a church and you still want a Christian marriage, it is very helpful.
One of us has been divorced. Is that an issue?
This is something that you will need to discuss with the senior minister when you meet with him. There are additional requirements of those whose previous marriage has ended in divorce.
Is there a cost?
Yes. You will work the costs out with the senior minister as part of the marriage preparation. To some extent they will depend upon what you want in your wedding.
Is it possible to simply book one of our church buildings?
Regrettably, no. All weddings in our parish are conducted by one of our staff.
There are of course lots more things that you will want to know about getting married in one of our churches. We would be delighted to help you with further information.
We understand how difficult it can be at times like this. Please feel free to call us for help with a funeral, or just for someone to talk to.
To make arrangements, you can either have a funeral director contact us, or liaise directly with one of our ministers to take a funeral service for you. Alternatively we can work with other venues that you might prefer.
To avoid disappointment, if you would like to use one of our churches, or to have one of our staff take a funeral, it is always best to contact us prior to finalising other arrangements.
Please note that funerals conducted in our churches are normally taken by one of our staff.