"For in Christ Jesus you are all children of God through faith. As many of you as were baptized into Christ Jesus have clothed yourself with Christ. There is no longer Jew or Greek, there is no longer slave or free, there is no longer male and female; for all of you are one in Christ Jesus."
What does Baptism signify?
The sacrament of baptism is the rite of welcoming people into the community and care of Christ’s Church. Through baptism a person is joined with the universal Christian church, the body of Christ and into the gathered congregation at Wapping Community Church.
In baptism, God blesses and anoints us through the power of the Holy Spirit, inviting us to walk as disciples in the footsteps of Jesus Christ.
How does it take place?
Water is an essential element of baptism, as it is a symbol of hope and new life. At Wapping Community Church, the Minister consecrates the baptismal water through the work of the Holy Spirit and then blesses the one being baptized with water on their forehead. We baptize in the name of the God who created us, Jesus Christ who redeems us and the Holy Spirit who leads us in the way everlasting.
Who can be baptized?
Infants, children, youth and adults.
Is Re-Baptism needed?
Wapping Community Church recognizes the validity of all baptisms, so there is no need for re-baptism. It is a well-accepted practice, however, for people to renew their baptismal vows in a service of baptismal renewal.
When does Baptism occur?
Baptisms occur on the third Sunday of every month except July and August, at both services.