The sacrament of baptism is an act of thanksgiving and dedication to the Lord where we recognise the covenant of grace extended
to believing parents and their children. We emphasise the
pre-eminence of grace in Jesus who loved us before we loved him and we claim our children in faith for Christ, looking to him who died and rose again for them and praying and believing that God's grace will be at work in them as we claim them in faith for the Lord. "The promise is for you and your children and for all who are far off- for all whom the Lord our God will call." (Acts 2.39). This obviously requires a clear declaration of faith in the parent/s as they profess Jesus Christ as Saviour and Lord and promise to bring their little one up in the Christian faith and as part of the church of Jesus Christ.