Additional texts supported for use at Baptisms

General Synod has just given its support to what I think are an excellent set of new (additional/alternative) texts for use at Baptisms which are straightforward and easy to understand. They now go the House of Bishops and all being well formal approval and publication will follow, but here is advance notice of the key central section.

The Decision

The president addresses the candidates directly, or through their parents, godparents and sponsors

We all wander far from God and lose our way:
Christ comes to find us and welcomes us home.
In baptism we respond to his call.

Therefore I ask:

Do you turn away from sin?
I do.

Do you reject evil?
I do.

The candidates, together with their parents, godparents and sponsors, may turn at this point.

Do you turn to Christ as Saviour?
I do.

Do you trust in him as Lord?
I do.

Signing with the Cross

The president or another minister makes the sign of the cross on the forehead of each
candidate, saying

Christ claims you for his own.
Receive the sign of his cross.

The president may invite parents, godparents and sponsors to sign the candidates with the
cross. When all the candidates have been signed, the president says

Do not be ashamed of Christ.
You are his for ever.
All Stand bravely with him
against all the powers of evil,
and remain faithful to Christ to the end of your life.

May almighty God deliver you from the powers of darkness,
and lead you in the light and obedience of Christ.
All Amen.

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