Baptism

Christian Baptism

"Jesus went into all the country around the Jordan, preaching a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins." (Luke 3:3)
 Baptism is an important step in the Christian journey. Not only was Jesus himself baptised but he gave instructions for the church to baptise in his name. (Matthew Chapter 28)
 

Water

Baptism is a powerful expression of faith. Water can symbolise many things - cleansing - life giving - refreshing. In baptism water may symbolise the washing away of our sins - starting all over again. When a person is fully immersed in water the symbolism is that of our past being buried and as we come out of the water we are raised to a new life with Christ 
 
Many people today are baptised as adults - an expression of a persons own faith and commitment to Jesus. This often takes place after a person has decided to become a Christian. It is a response to all that God has done. The Methodist Church also offers baptism to infants of Christian parents. At Zoar we take seriously the commitment that is expressed within this service and to preserve the integrity of this sacrament we would expect parents to be committed to Christ and his church. Many parents today choose to have a service of Thanksgiving for their children so that the child can make their own decision about baptism when they are older.
 

Full Immersion?

At Zoar we do not have the facilities for full immersion baptism. We can make use of a baptistry in other local churches but generally we use the font to pour or sprinkle water on the persons head. We make the sign of the cross as a symbol of Christ's death and new life.
 
If you would like to know more about being baptised then you are asked to contact the minister who will be happy to meet with you to discuss further.

 

 
(Right - The baptismal font at Zoar)