Holy Baptism

Holy Baptism

All are welcome to seek Holy Baptism.

Holy Baptism is the sacrament by which God adopts us as his children and makes us members of Christ's Body, the Church, and inheritors of the kingdom of God. The outward and visible sign in Baptism is water, in which the person is baptized in the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.

The inward and spiritual grace in Baptism is union with Christ in his death and resurrection, birth into God's family the Church, forgiveness of sins, and new life in the Holy Spirit. It is required that we renounce Satan, repent of our sins, and accept Jesus as our Lord and Savior.

We baptize infants and young children, as indicated in Acts of the Apostles in Scripture and Christian tradition. Infants and younger children are baptized so that they can share citizenship in the Covenant, membership in Christ, and redemption by God. Promises are made for them by their parents and sponsors, who guarantee that the infants will be brought up within the Church, to know Christ and be able to follow him.

For adults who are joining The Episcopal Church and were baptized as infants or as adults, we recognize and affirm your baptism. We believe in one baptism for the forgiveness of sins and its efficacy when you were baptized. Please inquire about Confirmation or the Renewal of Baptismal Vows or Reaffirmation of Faith with the parish priest to affirm the good work that God has begun in you.

If you are an adult desiring to be baptized, please contact the parish office to schedule a time with the parish priest to prepare for baptism.

Parents, please contact the parish office to schedule a time with the parish priest to prepare for your child's baptism.

Baptisms are generally scheduled for Sunday mornings, but may be scheduled at other times for pastoral reasons.

Epiphany, Easter, Day of Pentecost, and All Saints are designated for Baptism by ancient tradition and The Book of Common Prayer. The Sacrament of Baptism may be administered at other times as required by circumstance. 

Click here for the link to the Holy Baptism section in the Book of Common Prayer.

In the event of an emergency, lay persons may baptize a person. The baptism should be reported as soon as possible to the parish priest to be recorded in the parish register and acknowledged on a Sunday morning.