Celebrating Baptism in the Episcopal Church
What do I need to do to arrange a Baptism?
Please contact the church and ask to be put in contact with the rector so that you may set a date to sit down to discuss the implications of the sacrament together.
When can Baptisms take place?
During COVID, the church has moved to private baptism only. Under normal circumstances Holy Baptism is administered as part of the Eucharist on a Saturday evening or Sunday morning. Holy Baptism is especially appropriate at the Easter Vigil, on the Day of Pentecost, on All Saints’ Day or the Sunday after All Saint’s Day, and on the Feast of the Baptism of our Lord (the first Sunday after The Epiphany). The Book of Common Prayer recommends that, as far as possible, baptisms are held on these holy days or when a bishop is present. (The Book of Common Prayer pp. 312.)
What needs to happen before my child or I can be baptized?
For an adolescent or adult: his or her expressed desire to be baptized.
For a pre-adolescent child: his or her expressed desire, along with the consent of the parent(s) or guardian(s).
For an infant: the expressed desire of the parent(s) or guardian(s), the assurance of their faith in Jesus Christ, and the assurance that they will raise their child up in the Christian faith and life.