‘A Christianity in which there is only God the Father, but not Christ as a living Son actually cancels discipleship. In that case there will be trust in God, but not discipleship … Discipleship is a commitment to following Christ. Because Christ exists, he must be followed. An idea about Christ, a doctrinal system, a general religious recognition of grace or forgiveness of sins does not require discipleship. In truth, it even excludes discipleship; it is inimical to it. One enters into a relationship with an idea by way of knowledge, enthusiasm, perhaps even by carrying it out, but it is by personal obedient discipleship [that we enter into a relationship with the living Jesus].’
  From The Cost of Discipleship, p.59
‘Christianity without the living Jesus Christ remains necessarily a Christianity without discipleship; and a Christianity without discipleship is always just an idea, a myth.’ Dietrich Bonhoeffer
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Baptism signifies God's amzing work of Grace in us. Also through baptism we enter into a company of fellow travellers seeking to put Jesus at the centre of their lives. Baptisms at St Michael's are always special events for the whole church. Here we celebrate God's work in an individual and welcome them into God's family.

People wanting to be baptised, or parents wanting their children baptised, are expected receive 'catechism' (instruction), in the faith before they make their public profession at baptism.

Because baptism is about entering the faith community, all baptisms are conducted as part of our main services of worship. See the Vicar if you want to find out more.