We are committed to nurturing our children in a safe, fun and encouraging environment. All our Children’s Church team hold an up-to-date Blue Card and adhere to rigorous child protection policies and procedures.
For three Sundays of the month, the children have their own, age appropriate bible teaching, songs, games, activities and fellowship. We are currently using the ‘Sermons4Kids’ resource. On the first Sunday of the month there is normally an ‘All Age Service’ (children and adults in together), including child friendly talk and music.
Jesus called for them and said, "Let the little children come to me, and do not stop them; for it is to such as these that the kingdom of God belongs."Luke 18: 16
The Anglican church baptizes adults and children, who know and love Jesus and intend to live a life of committed discipleship; as well as infants, whose sponsors are professing Christians and who promise to raise the child, within the ‘body of Christ’ – the Church.
Baptism involves the candidate (the person being baptised), or their sponsors, making promises about their future life as members of God’s family. The Church will also promise to support and uphold the candidates in their Christian life.
The water of Baptism represents our being washed clean from the stain of sin (all our wrongdoing), and beginning a new life with Jesus. It is a serious commitment and one that should only be undertaken after serious reflection as to why baptism is important. For that reason, we ask our baptism candidates to be regular attendees of our Sunday service and to undertake a short baptism preparation course.
Baptism is not the culmination of the Christian life, but the beginning. The baptism service is a time of great joy and celebration as we officially welcome new members into the Christian family.
Confirmation is a public affirmation of the faith into which you have been baptised. It is the point in your Christian journey when you lay hold of the truth of the Gospel (good news), for yourselves. As with baptism, confirmation is a serious commitment that shouldn’t be undertaken lightly. Your wholehearted desire to follow Jesus is confirmed by the Bishop through the laying on of hands and prayer. Prayers are also offered by the Church so that, through the work of the Holy Spirit, you might grow to be more like Jesus.
To be confirmed you should be fourteen years of age and over, a member of the Church and undergo a confirmation course.
Marriage is a covenant (binding agreement), between God and a husband and wife. It is a commitment to live in a loving, life-long, monogamous relationship to the glory of God.
If you are thinking about marriage, we would love for you to come and get to know us, so that we can support you during the lead up to your wedding and beyond. If you would like to be married at St Andrew’s Springfield, we would be very happy to discuss the possibilities.
Therefore a man leaves his father and his mother and clings to his wife, and they become one flesh.Genesis 2: 24