is one of the sacraments (an outward sign that conveys an inward, spiritual grace through Christ) of the Christian Church. It is the sign by which the Spirit of God joins people to Jesus Christ and incorporates them into his body, the Church. Baptism is a gift of God’s grace (God’s unmerited favour overwhelming generous freely given love) to the church – and as such, is a significant sign of God’s love for us all, irrespective of age. We often baptise babies as God’s grace is for us all, even when we don’t understand it. It is also open for children, teenagers and adults, if they have not already been baptised. Croydon Uniting Church would be delighted to have a conversation with you about baptism for your baby, your children or yourself. Click here to download the Baptism Leaflet (PDF).
is a significant act in a person’s life of faith, as a public commitment to the purposes of God and an acknowledgment of reliance on God. It is an act of public acknowledgment and recognition of the promises made by ourselves or by others on our behalf at baptism. Confirmation follows Baptism: for many this occurs many years after infant baptism, and for others baptism and confirmation will occur as part of the same act of worship and commitment. Click here for the Confirmation Leaflet (PDF).
The Christian celebration of marriage is an act of worship, an expression of the church’s offering of the whole of life to God. It is a pastoral occasion in which the community of faith shares in the joy of the couple. It is an evangelical occasion in which those who have come to witness the marriage may be challenged by the implications of the Christian faith.
Further information about marriage in the Uniting Church is available by contacting our minister.