What is Holy Baptism?
Holy Baptism is the sacrament by which God adopts us as his children and make us members of Christ's body, the Church and inheritors of the kingdom of God. It is an outward sign of an inward presence in which the person is blessed by water and the Spirit and given the new light of Christ.
What is required of us at Baptism?
It is required that we renounce Satan, repent of our sins, and accept Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior. In the Episcopal Church we also baptize babies and little children into this union with Christ. In this case, adult sponsors will accompany the parents and speak on behalf of the child, guaranteeing that they will be brought up within the Church, to know Christ and be able to follow Him, until confirmation, a time in which they are able to renew their vows personally. Please note -- Sponsors must be active Christians (but not necessarily Episcopalians) who can serve as "mentors" for the newly baptized person.
When are Baptisms celebrated?
All Baptisms are conducted in the Church at public celebrations of the Holy Eucharist. The Baptismal party is expected to remain for, and participate in the entire service with the congregation. Baptisms are normally scheduled during the year at:
The Easter Vigil (Easter Eve Service)
All Saints Sunday (nearest to Nov 1st)
First Sunday after Epiphany (Jan 6)
When the Bishop visits
Mandatory instruction for parents and all sponsors is held on Saturday the day preceding the Baptism unless otherwise scheduled with Celebrating priest.
In special cases a Baptism might be scheduled at a Daily Eucharist on a "non-Baptism" week, with permission of the Rector.
Who do we speak to about Baptism?
Parents and/or Baptism candidates will need to meet with the celebrating priest ahead of time in order to complete the Holy Baptism Information and make sure you understand what is being asked of you. Please call the parish office and set up a time to meet or speak with a priest.
Is there a cost associated with the Baptism?
It is customary to make a contribution to the church and/or the celebrating priest in thanksgiving for the life of the newly baptized.
What do we receive as record for the Baptism?
All new Baptized persons will receive a formal baptismal certificate with their name, date and sponsors of record. This certificate is a formal document and should be kept with the person for as a life document. All Baptisms are recorded in the church's Baptismal Register.