St.Bede's Anglican Church

Baptisms at St Bede's

Baptism signifies our participation with Christ in death and resurrection: our death to all things selfish, unjust and evil, and our rising to abundant and everlasting life. It is a symbolic acceptance of God as our creator and sustainer and our willingness to surrender our lives to God in all things. It represents the Holy Spirit coming to dwell in us, to nurture, guide and lead us throughout our lives.

Symbols of Baptism

Baptism is an ancient ritual. The use of water in Christian baptism signifies both a cleansing of our spirits as well as a symbolic death to our old, selfish life. The other baptism symbol, represented by candle light, reminds us that Christ is the light of the world, calling us out of a life of darkness into a life of light.

Parents and Godparents:

Babies and children are brought for baptism when their families wish to dedicate them to God in this way and raise them as faithful followers of Christ. When parents and godparents present babies for baptism, they make solemn vows on behalf of the child, who at a later date, when they are old enough to answer for themselves, confirm the baptismal promises made on their behalf. This service of Confirmation is performed by a bishop and especially signifies the dwelling of the Holy Spirit in our lives.

The Baptism Service

Baptisms are conducted at services of public worship, as part of the regular 9.00am Sunday service.

The font at St Bede's is made by students of John Septimus Roe Anglican Community School. Countless numbers of people have been baptised in this font, a fact which adds meaning for those who are baptised here into God's eternal and infinite family.

To enquire about making an interview or speak to Reverend Jill Gleeson about baptism, please ring 0418 934 088 or email the parish on