Baptism marks a person’s new birth into God’s kingdom. It is sometimes described as the beginning of a journey with God which continues for the rest of a person’s life. Many people are baptised as children, but there are also many candidates who make this public commitment of faith as adults.
The symbolism used in the service of baptism is rich, and describes the central understandings of the Christian faith. The sign of the cross, traced on the candidate’s forehead, is a reminder that Christ died for us. The water suggests drowning, a reminder that in baptism we die to sin and are raised to new life in Christ. As a sign of that new life, a lighted candle is sometimes given to the newly baptised, reminding us that the light of Christ conquers the darkness of evil.
If you've not been baptised and would like to know more, visit our Baptisms page which describes what steps you need to take.