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Baptism Promises

Here is the some of the core content of a child's baptism service

The vicar says to the parents and godparents:

Parents and godparents, the Church receives N with joy. Today we are trusting God for his growth in faith. Will you pray for him, draw him by your example into the community of faith and walk with him in the way of Christ?
With the help of God, we will.

In baptism N begins his journey in faith. You speak for him today. Will you care for him, and help him to take his place within the life and worship of Christ's Church?
With the help of God, we will.

The vicar then addresses the parents and godparents:

In baptism, God calls us out of darkness into his marvellous light.
To follow Christ means dying to sin and rising to new life with him.
Therefore I ask:
Do you reject the devil and all rebellion against God?

I reject them.

Do you renounce the deceit and corruption of evil?
I renounce them.

Do you repent of the sins that separate us from God and neighbour?
I repent of them.

Do you turn to Christ as Saviour?
I turn to Christ.

Do you submit to Christ as Lord?
I submit to Christ.

Do you come to Christ, the way, the truth and the life?
I come to Christ.

The vicar addresses the congregation:

Brothers and sisters, I ask you to profess the faith of the Church.
Do you believe and trust in God the Father?

I beleive in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth.

Do you believe and trust in his Son Jesus Christ?
I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord, 
who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, 
suffered under Pontius Pilate, 
was crucified, died, and was buried; 
he descended to the dead. On the third day he rose again; 
he ascended into heaven, he is seated at the right hand of the Father, 
and he will come to judge the living and the dead.

Do you believe and trust in the Holy Spirit?
I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic Church, 
the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, 
the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen.