• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

An Infant Baptismal service

Extracts from this document...


R.E. Coursework Baptism My family and I are members of a Presbyterian Church. Nearly all of the baptism services that I have witnessed have been infant baptisms. An Infant Baptismal service This part of the service (in my church) usually occurs just before the children's address. The children don't leave for Sunday school, until after the baptism has been carried out. The minister welcomes the parents and their family to the church. Usually all of the baby's relatives would come to this service, and they have the front few rows reserved for them. The relatives being present is important, as the family is taking vows on behalf of the baby, about the family-thus being the family of the church, or the world wide family of Christians. The minister explains the importance, meaning and the significance of this sacrament: - "This is a sign of god's promises towards those who trust in him. Through baptism a person becomes a member of the church. Baptism is a sign of God's love and special relationship with the church in the New Testament". ...read more.


On his return to the front, he gives the baby back to the parents, and minister says prayers. In this type of baptism, the parents agree to bring the child up in a Christian environment, and make many vows on behalf of the baby. They also have to make statements of their own faith. The congregation is reminded to set good examples for the child, and provide as much support as they can. The minister is an official representative of God, and after his training, he or she is licensed to confirm vows. Part B - Symbols and Vows The symbols used in infant and adult baptism Both use water. The symbol water is used because it is vital to our lives; it gives us life, and cleanses us. In a believer's baptism, the person publicly states, and confirms their faith to God, and promises to turn from their old lifestyles and repent their sins, to turn to god. The person walks into water at one side, to show the ending of their old lifestyle. ...read more.


Just because most other people are having their babies' baptised does not mean that you have to. People, who do that, are getting their children baptised for all the wrong reasons. If you do strongly feel that you want your child to grow up as a Christian, then I would urge you to baptise him. If you are prepared to provide him with a Christian upbringing, then by all means go for it! I do feel that you should give the child a chance to make up his own mind, and by that I mean, if you baptise him now, then he can make up his own mind, and if he wishes take the believer's baptism when he is old enough to understand. The final piece of advice I will offer you is to consult the minister of your local church. Sa he or she will be able to explain fully the meaning of baptism and will help you make up your mind. Nice to hear from you, hope that my advice has been of use to you. And if you do decide to go through with baptism, I would hope to receive an invitation! Yours sincerely Stuart ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE Baptism section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE Baptism essays

  1. Describe a service of baptism in a tradition with which you are familiar. Explain ...

    the son, and of the Holy Spirit" As the Priest names each member of the Holy Trinity, he pours water over the child's head. He then anoints the child on the crown of the head with Chrism. This is done in silence, after which the child is dressed in a

  2. Outline the baptismal ceremony and explain the symbols used.

    The same idea of life giving and destruction can be applied in baptismal water today. It can be fully seen by full immersion through pouring on has the same meaning. To go fully under water means to die to sin and come up out of it means to share a new life with the Lord Jesus Christ, following his example.

  1. The following is the standard order of service in a Church of Ireland baptism. ...

    Believer's baptism, on the other hand, occurs on teenagers or adults and doe not require confirmation on a later date. 1. Firstly I shall concentrate on Infant baptism. As described in part A, the sponsors are initially questioned about how they will bring up the child as a Christian.

  2. The Meaning and Significance of Baptism

    In both believers' baptism and infant baptism water is a very significant symbol. It represents new life and cleansing of sin, which is what happens in both types of baptism and we accept God into our lives as he has accepted us into his.

  1. Describe and explain the central features of infant and believers baptism.

    By birth we are children of our parents. In baptism we become brothers and sisters of Jesus, and with him children of God sharing in the life of the Blessed Trinity. In Baptism we receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.

  2. The Baptism Service.

    However, all the conditions for baptism exclude infants. A person must acknowledge and confess his sins and understand the message of Jesus' death, burial and resurrection to be eligible for salvation. Since infants are incapable of being taught, repenting, or believing, they could not qualify for baptism.

  1. Describe and explain the central features of infant and believers’ baptism

    It is used in baptism to show that the candidate has received the light of Christ. Conclusion at the altar The congregation say the 'Our Father' together and the child now belongs to the family of God and can call God His father.

  2. Baptism in the Presbyterian Church.

    If the candidate is not already kneeling or standing in front of the water or font, the Pastor, taking the candidate by the right hand and placing him/her by the font, will sprinkle the persons head with the water, saying: "(Person's name)

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work