Baptisms are usually held at Epping on the 2nd Sunday of the month at the 8am service, and the 3rd Sunday of the month at the 9.30am service. In Newcastle, baptisms are normally planned for the 2nd Sunday of the month.
Prior to the baptism, parents (if it is a child to be baptised) or the individual will meet with one of the Pastors to talk about the meaning and significance of Baptism and what it means to live as a disciple of Jesus.
To arrange an appointment with one of the pastors, please contact Josi Weiss at the hub office or by email at [email protected] You can also fill in our online contact form to arrange a time to meet Pastor.
What is Baptism all about?
Baptism is all about God and his gracious action in our lives. It’s where water and God’s promises combine together to connect the one who is baptised with Jesus Christ. In baptism, God personally gives us everything that Jesus has won for us when he was put to death on a cross and raised from the dead on the third day: forgiveness, a place in God’s family, eternity! The Bible says that through the waters of baptism our old life apart from God is ended, just as Jesus died in our place. Through baptism, Jesus gives us new life, a real life with God (Romans 6:3-4)
It’s simple! Jesus tells us to baptise! Jesus said: “Go make disciples of all nations, baptising them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit” (Matthew 28:19).
He also said: “Whoever believes and is baptised will be saved” (Mark 16:16).
Who Can Be Baptised?
Anyone who needs what Jesus Christ offers (this means you!)
Anyone who believes Jesus is God’s Son, their Saviour.
Why Baptise Children?
Jesus sends the Gospel to all people and invites them to be baptised, without regard for race, gender, or age. He taught that all people have need of God’s grace given in baptism (John 3:5-6).
Jesus invited little children to be brought to Him, saying that His kingdom is made up of ones such as these. (Mark 10:13-16). As Acts 16:33 and other verses show, the apostles also baptised children. The Lutheran Church baptises infants because we believe that baptism is God’s gracious action not ours.
After Baptism, Then What?
Baptism is the start of the journey, not the end! Now that Jesus has given His life for you, and God has made it personally yours in baptism—we want to help you grow in what it means to live as a disciple of Jesus Christ and in discovering a joy that nothing or no-one can ever take away.