Through baptism one becomes sacramentally a member of Christ’s Body, the Church. Baptism is not agreeing to an intellectual proposition; nor is it joining a club or social organization. Baptism is the sign by which we say, “You are made in the image of God. You are God’s beloved, and with you, God is well pleased.” Baptism is the sign of our incorporation into God’s family, and our initiation into the lifelong work of building God’s kingdom.
In the Episcopal Church we baptize infants, children and adults.
Baptismal vows are made on behalf of infants or young children by their parents and sponsors (godparents). Older children and adults make their own promises.
Baptism is a corporate act appropriately administered within the primary service of the church, (outside the pandemic, during the primary Sunday Eucharist), as the gathered community worships. In the service of baptism, the whole church community joins in welcoming a new member into the body of Christ.
At Holy Communion, baptism for infants and children are offered on specific Sundays several times throughout the year. Adults are most often baptized at the Great Vigil of Easter, which is the night before Easter.
In the pandemic, baptism can be offered during an outdoor Eucharist or, by special arrangement, as a private service with a limited number of people following our COVID protocols.
Baptism Schedule 2021
- April 4, 2021 6am Easter Sunrise Service (outdoors)
- May 9, 2021 4pm Outdoor Service with the Bishop
- All other dates are TBD, depending on the pandemic protocols at the time.
We encourage Parents and godparents who want to present infants for baptism and anyone over the age of 16 who plans to be baptized to prepare by taking part in our Pilgrimage classes (childcare is available, if requested). We make individual arrangements to help prepare youth 16 and younger for baptism.
Baptism rehearsal occurs 45 minutes before the service. The person to be baptized, family members and sponsors are expected to attend. This is a time to learn when you stand up, move, and to answer any last minute questions.
Questions? Please contact Cheyanne Lovellette.
. . . you are sealed by the Holy Spirit in Baptism and marked as Christ’s own for ever. (The Book of Common Prayer, p. 308)