Holy Baptism is the sacrament by which someone becomes a Christian and a member of the Church. All ministry originates in baptism. Therefore, living out your baptism is central to our community life.
The Episcopal Church defines baptism as “full initiation by water and the Holy Spirit into Christ’s Body, the Church” (Book of Common Prayer, p. 298). Any baptism administered with water and in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit is seen as valid.
Baptism for infants and children is scheduled five times throughout the church year. Liturgically, it is particularly appropriate to baptism on Baptism of Our Lord (in January), the Great Vigil of Easter (in March or April), Pentecost (in May or June), and All Saints’ Day (the first Sunday in November). Additionally, we baptize on our Patronal Feast, St. Bartholomew’s Day, on the Sunday closest to August 24. Preparation classes are scheduled before the baptism date.
Adult baptism is scheduled for the Great Vigil of Easter, and requires more extensive preparation.
Rehearsal for any baptism takes place the Sunday of the baptism at 9 a.m., in the case of infants and children, and in the afternoon before the Great Vigil for adults.
If you are interested in a baptism, either for yourself or for someone you know, please contact Father Jeff.