"Shine as a light in the world"

“Shine as a light in the world”

Baptism is a simple ceremony of washing in water, practised by Christians since the time of Jesus. It is a sign of turning to God, and of faith in Jesus Christ. It is also a sign that Jesus gave us to show his love for us.

Baptism also reminds us of Jesus’ death and resurrection. It is a sign that every sin is forgiven and that we are precious to God.

The very fact that you are interested in having your child baptised shows that you recognise the importance of God in your life. For centuries children too young to answer for themselves have been baptised. The Church recognises the desire of Christian parents to share the life of Christ with their children.

Christening”, from the ancient word “christen”, mean “to make Christian”. Jesus Christ, like you, wants the best for your child.

The Church welcomes you and your child into its midst with love and prayers for the future peace and happiness of your family in the years ahead.

When should a child be baptised?

It is sensible and right to have your baby baptised while s/he is still young. You should not wait simply until it is convenient to have a large, well-attended social gathering. This can be very pleasant and a happy occasion, but it must be seen as of secondary importance to your desire to have your child blessed by God and brought within the Christian family.

On the other hand, baptism can be sought and given any time.

How much does baptism cost?

Nothing. There is no charge for baptism, but it is customary for a thanksgiving offering to be made to the church.

Who may be Godparents?

Godparents are members of the church who have themselves been baptised. A godparent should be someone likely to remain in close touch with the child and family during formative years; a person to admire and emulate.

In the Anglican Church it is usual to have three godparents: two of the same sex as the child and one of the opposite sex. To have one godfather and one godmother is sufficient; to have more than three is possible; but quality is better than quantity.

When does the Baptism generally take place?

The Anglican Church encourages parishes to celebrate baptisms during the main Sunday service, which is often a service of Holy Communion. This enables members of the parish family to share in the welcoming of your baby into the life of the church and it also gives them the opportunity to renew their baptismal promises.

However it is possible to arrange for the baptism to take place at any time which suits both you and the Dean.

To arrange a baptism, please contact the Cathedral Office on (08) 8981 9099, or send an e-mail to