If you are thinking about having your child baptized at Tansley, we urge you to give prayerful consideration to the contents of this page. Please feel free to download or print this page for further exploration and consideration. The information on this page is also available as a brochure at the church.
The Celebration of Baptism
Baptism is a celebration because every child is a reason to celebrate, and God's love is also something to celebrate.
Infant Baptism is most common at Tansley, although children, youth and adults also receive the sacrament from time to time since it is open to all, regardless of age. (This page deals primarily with infant or child baptism.)
God acts in Baptism by receiving your child into God's care and within the fellowship of Christ's church, using the occasion to make God's love known. The use of water symbolizes the cleansing of heart and mind, and the new life in Christ that God intends for your child.
Promises of the Parents
Minister: You have brought your child here for baptism. Do you believe in God and in God's love?Promises of the Congregation
All: As a baptized and baptizing church, we commit ourselves to support and uphold you within a community which worships God, loves and serves others, seeks justice and resists evil. May God grant us all the grace to live out our baptism.There is a very basic meaning in these promises:
With faith, you the parent recognize God's love for yourself and your child.
With dedication, you promise to raise your child in a Christian home, and within an ongoing and active relationship to the church and its congregation.
We, the congregation of Tansley, promise to help you raise your child in a Christian community of love and trust, with a knowledge of God's love as expressed through Creation, and an appreciation of our responsibilities as stewards of that Creation.
How to Honour Your Promises
Am I in agreement with the beliefs of this Christian community?Making a Decision about Baptism
If your answer to all of these questions is "yes", then either email or otherwise contact Tansley's office for more information about Baptism, getting your child baptized at Tansley, or to inquire about upcoming Baptism dates.
By having your child baptized, you agree that you will bring your child to worship on a regular basis so that your child will be a part of a Christian community. In return, we make a commitment that we will help nurture your children while making them aware of the love of God and the joy of God's creation.
As a child grows up in the love of God, there will come a time when each child will have an opportunity to profess his or her faith before the congregation. Tansley encourages young people (high school age and older) and adults, when ready, to seek membership in the church and publicly profess their faith in Jesus Christ--thereby "confirming" the promises you made on their behalf at Baptism.