Why Do We Baptize?
We understand Baptism to be the sacrament by which God adopts us as God’s children and makes us members of Christ’s body, the Church. A sacrament, for Episcopalians, is an outward and visible sign of an inward and spiritual grace. In Baptism we welcome new members into the Body of Christ, commit ourselves to support them in their life in Christ, and re-dedicate our own lives to Christ. Baptism is a wonderful celebration that involves the whole congregation. Because we understand Baptism to be an action by and in the community of faith, the rite is carried out as part of our regular Sunday worship service. Private Baptisms are not performed, except in cases of extreme emergency.
When do we baptize?
The Book of Common Prayer sets aside specific days for Baptism, each having a special significance in the life of our Lord Jesus Christ or of the Church. These days are the Easter Vigil (adults only), which happens the evening before Easter Sunday, Pentecost, Feast of the Transfiguration, All Saints’ Day and the Last Sunday after the Epiphany.
Who can be baptized?
We baptize both adults and children, as did the earliest Christian church. The Episcopal Church recognizes Baptism as a Christian sacrament. If you have been baptized in another Christian denomination, we honor and celebrate that. You do not need to be baptized again. If, having been baptized previously, you desire to reaffirm your faith we have a similar rite in which you may do this.
Who will act as Godparents or Sponsors?
You will choose godparents for yourself or for your child. These people should be baptized Christians, willing to vow they will see to your or your child’s spiritual well-being and support you in your spiritual growth.
Baptismal Preparation Classes
Baptismal preparation classes are two-week classes for parents and godparents offered three times a year, which explores the history, symbols, and meaning of baptism and how families can live into the baptismal promises they make for their children. The class may be taken at any time prior to the scheduled baptism of your child. Current Class Dates: February 12 and February 19, 2017
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