Getting Baptised at Huon Anglican Church
One of God's great gifts to us is the gift of Baptism. Jesus commanded his followers to be baptised in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.
Huon Anglican Church takes baptism seriously. It is very difficult to be a follower of Jesus, or bring up your child to follow Jesus, without belonging to a community of faith (i.e. going to church regularly). Getting baptised is a response and commitment to God and so should not be taken lightly. We would love to chat to you more about being a Christian and the implications of baptism if you'd like to think it through more.
As a general approach, our ministers will not baptise a child for reasons of family tradition or to give the child a choice later on in life. Being a follower of Jesus is a big commitment and the service of infant baptism requires a commitment from the parents to bring up their child in the ways of God and encourage faith in the child. Therefore it is important that the parents are surrounded by a faith community, and we will generally only baptise the children of people who are regular attenders at our church.
If you're interested in baptism and don't regularly attend Huon Anglican, the first step is to start coming along to one of our Sunday services. We'd love to have you.
Please don't hesitate to contact us to arrange a meeting with one of our ministers for more information. If you are an adult who is interested in being baptised, please don't hesitate to get in touch.
Below is a bit more information about baptism which you may find helpful;
What is baptism?
Baptism is an outward symbol of an inward change. Baptism is a gift from Jesus. When he had risen from the dead, Jesus commanded his followers to go and make disciples of all nations, baptising them in the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.
A baptism involves a person either being sprinkled with, or immersed in, water. Baptism with water signifies the cleansing from sin that Jesus' death makes possible, and the new life that God gives us through the Holy Spirit.
In baptism, the promises of God are visibly signed and sealed for us. We are joined to Christ, and made members of his body, the Church universal.
Who may be baptised?
In the Anglican Church, both children and adults can be baptised. Children are baptised in response to God's all-embracing love. When a parent brings their child to be baptised, they must express their own trust and commitment to following God, and their intention to bring up their child as a follower of Jesus.
Getting Married at Huon Anglican Church
Congratulations on your engagement! Preparing to get married is a very exciting time and we wish you all the best during the coming weeks and months.
As Christians, we believe that God instituted marriage for His purposes and for our good. It is a great blessing of God to men and women and we hope that you will come to experience how good it can be. As such, if you're not a regular church-goer, we strongly encourage you to join us for some services on a Sunday before your wedding. Our church is not simply a pretty building for your wedding day, it is an active community of faith. Christian community contains a great support network to help you build a strong and healthy marriage.
Below is a few photos of the inside of St James Church:
If you would prefer a more intimate 'country' setting for your wedding, St Luke's Church in Judbury can accommodate around 20 guests. See below for photos:
The Huon Anglican Church has a number of beautiful locations suitable for a wedding. The church buildings are also in close proximity to some popular reception venues, such as Home Hill Winery, Willie Smiths Apple Shed, The Kermandie and the Huon Manor.
Some frequently asked questions include:
CAN I USE MY OWN MARRIAGE SERVICE?
Only authorised services contained in A Prayer Book for Australia are able to be used. Any aspects of these services can be discussed with the minister when you first meet up. The minister can provide you with a copy of these services to make your selection.
For many people, having music in their marriage service is an important part of the ceremony. Many options are available; we can use music on an MP3 player or CD. If you would prefer live music, you are welcome to arrange musicians. Hold off on this until you have discussed the service with our minister. An organist can be arranged by us at an extra cost.
WHAT COSTS ARE INVOLVED?
For 2016-2017, the basic cost of a wedding service at Huon Anglican Church is $650. This includes the use of the Church building, the minister and flowers placed in the church. Optional items are available for an additional cost such as an organist and use of the church Hall for morning/afternoon tea. Please click here for the current Fee Schedule.
WHAT WOULD I DO IF I WANTED TO BE MARRIED AT Huon Anglican?
- Consider joining and attending one of our church congregations.
- Arrange to meet with a Minister from Huon Anglican Church for a chat and to book the wedding date.
- Expect to meet with that minister on a number of occasions to prepare wedding documents, talk about what a Christian marriage is, talk through the wedding ceremony and discuss the Christian faith in relation to marriage.
- Expect to hold a wedding rehearsal in the week before the wedding day, at the church.
- Get Married!
We wish you every blessing in all your wedding plans. Please contact us if we can be of any help through the form below:
Funerals at Huon Anglican Church
Our churches are often used for funeral services. For more information, please call the office.
For more information about reserving a space in the columbarium, please email the office. Our cemetery at St James in Ranelagh is not currently taking any new bookings or burials. For information about cemeteries owned by the Huon Valley Council, please click here. For information about our graveyard, please click here.