Application for Baptism 2023

Baptism marks the beginning of a journey with God which continues for the rest of our lives. It is a first step we take in response to God’s love. For all involved, particularly the candidates but also parents, godparents and sponsors, it is a joyful and unrepeatable moment when we rejoice in what God has done for us in Christ, make some serious promises, and declare our faith. Hearing and doing these things provides those who are already baptised an  opportunity to remember our own baptism and reflect on the progress made on that journey, which is now to be shared with this new member of the Church.

The service paints many vivid pictures of what happens on the Christian way. There is the sign of the cross, the badge of faith in the Christian journey, which reminds us of Christ’s death for us. Our ‘drowning’ in the water of baptism, where we believe we die to sin and are raised to new life, unites us to Christ’s dying and rising. Water is also a sign of new life, as we are born again by water and the Spirit, as Jesus was at his baptism. And as a sign of that new life, there is a lighted candle, a picture of the light of Christ conquering the darkness of evil. Everyone who is baptised walks in that light for the rest of their lives (adapted from Common Worship: Services and Prayers for the Church of England, © 2000).

After the baptism,  all who are baptised should be further formed and instructed in the Christian faith by attending services of worship, ideally in the church where the Baptism took place. Parents and godparents, who act as sponsors at the Baptism, undertake to do this. Services at St. John’s Toorak are every Sunday at 8am and 10am, the latter service includes Sunday School. All services are in the Anglican tradition and include Holy Communion. All are welcome.

For further information about Baptism, please contact the Parish Office.

Office Phone: 03 9826 1434

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Email *
Child's name in full (the candidate for baptism): *
Proposed dates of baptism  *
Approximate number of guests: *
The candidate's date of birth (day, month and year, e.g. 3 January 2022) *
Parent/Guardian 1: full name *
Parent/Guardian 2: full name *
Please complete the grid below: *
Parent 1: Baptised?
Parent 2: Baptised?
Parent 1: Confirmed?
Parent 2: Confirmed?
If confirmed, what is Parent 1's denomination?
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If confirmed, what is Parent 2's denomination?
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Address: *
Email: *
Telephone: *
Are their other children in the family? If yes, please include each siblings' name, date of birth and if they have been baptised. For example: "James Thomas Smith, 8 June 2018, YES" *
Traditionally there are three (3) godparents - two (2) of the same gender as the child to be baptised, and one (1) of the other gender. Each godparent needs to be a baptised Christian.
Godparent 1 (name in full, including all middle names): *
Godparent 2 (name in full, including all middle names): *
Godparent 3 (name in full, including all middle names):
Godparent 4 (name in full, including all middle names):
Godparent 5 (name in full, including all middle names):
A copy of your responses will be emailed to the address you provided.
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