What does the Rector do?
Here’s the third in my short series of blogs offering a few reflections on some of the ministry I’ve been involved with during the week. I’m choosing one aspect of each day, today…
3. Baptism Preparation
It’s always a delight to help people prepare for a sacrament, and to help them have a special and memorable day. This afternoon I met with Mi Young (Angela) and Minwhi (Min) whose little daughter Anna is soon being baptised at Church. We talked through what would happen and discussed special features. It was a special pleasure for me as Min and Angela were married at St Chrysostom’s in 2011 (see here) and I have known them for many years – not only that Angela is on our Church Council.
A key feature of church life at St Chrysostom’s is welcome. Welcome extends not only to new people but to all. In baptism we’re welcoming Anna as a new member. It’s a celebration for the whole church and taking care over the worship – allowing the words and actions of the day to speak are very important.
It is good to have personal touches to celebrations. Min is going to play the cello during the Mass, and the couple are bringing Korean food from Seoul Kimchi, the family restaurant, for everyone after the Mass. It will be a lovely day. Unfortunately many of the godparents are in Korea or New Zealand and so can’t actually be at the baptism – others will speak for them. We are encouraging photos to be taken and the service will probably be videoed to help those at a distance to feel part. This is not only for those unable to be present but also for family, and above all for Anna, in the future.
Our church life is enriched by good celebrations and I’m sure Anna’s baptism will bring pleasure and joy to all those present, and encourage us all in our shared faith.