Saturday, July 02, 2016

Baptisms, Confirmation, Weddings & Funerals

Some FAQs

 

Baptisms


1. Will you baptise my baby? At St Stephens we take baptism very seriously. We believe that baptism is a sign of a personal commitment to Jesus as Lord. In order for us to baptise your baby you will need to be a part of the St Stephens family and be able to make the baptism promises. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to chat more.

2. Do I need to get baptised?The Bible commands baptism as a sign of your commitment to Christ.

3. Do I need to get re-baptised if I was baptised as a baby? If you were baptised as an infant you do not need to be re-baptised…however we do suggest that you make a public commitment of yourself to Christ. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more details.

 

Weddings

1. Should I attend marriage prep?  Yes absolutely. We counsel couples to invest more in their marriage than in their wedding. Contact us for details of counselling.

2. How much will it cost to get married?  There are costs involved in getting married at St Stephens. Please contact the church office for an appointment and we will guide you through the costs which depend upon your requirements.

3. We are living together will you marry us?  Living together has long term consequences for a couple. You need to understand these and be prepared for them. We always desire for couples to commit themselves in permanent lifelong relationship. Contact us to chat further.

4. We aren’t Christians will you marry us?  The Bible allows Christian men and women to marry; and Non-Christian men and women to marry. We will not marry a Christian and a Non-Christian; or same sex couples.

5. We are divorced will you marry us?  God takes marriage and divorce seriously. Not everyone that is divorced is eligible to be remarried. Please contact the church office for an appointment to chat through these complex issues.

 

Funerals

Contact the church office immediately on 021 683 4945 and we will guide you through this time of grief.

Confirmation

Confirmation is the confirming of the baptismal promises made by your parent/s on your behalf.  You confirm those promises by taking them for yourself.  You were baptized as a child in the understanding that you would be brought up as a faithful follower of Jesus Christ, and in the expectation that when you were of age you would take upon yourself the faith your parent/s expressed.  If you haven’t been baptized as a child, please speak to me so that we can arrange this. The confirmation ceremony is the public declaration that you understand what Christianity is all about, that you believe it and have decided to follow Jesus as the King of your life and as your Saviour.  There is nothing supernatural about the ceremony.  It doesn’t make you into a Christian, or get you into heaven.  The ceremony is about Christian young people telling their church that they have decided to be followers of Jesus Christ.  By being confirmed, you are doing 3 things:

1.    telling everyone that you take responsibility for your faith i.e. telling everyone that you are a follower of Jesus, a Christian
2.    calling on other Christians of this local church to pray for you and encourage you to live a true Christian life
3.    learning more of the basic details of Christianity

Candidates who wish to be confirmed with be required to attend a set of classes with the Youth Pastor, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .