We are excited to be a part of your next step in your relationship with Christ! As Christians, baptism is the center of our identity.
Holy Baptism is full initiation by water and the Holy Spirit into Christ’s Body the Church. For the earliest period of Christian history, baptism has been the gateway into membership in the Christian church. Along with Holy Eucharist, Baptism is one of the two great sacraments of the church. The Baptismal liturgy is the outward and visible sign of the inward and spiritual grace of becoming a member of the Body of Christ.
The service of Holy Baptism normally takes place in the context of the Holy Eucharist on Sunday morning or a major Feast Day. Holy Baptism is especially appropriate at the Easter Vigil, on the Day of Pentecost, on All Saints’ Day or the Sunday after All Saints’ Day, and on the Feast of the Baptism of our Lord (the First Sunday after Epiphany).
Baptism may take place at any age. If an infant or child is baptized, the child’s parents and godparents accept the obligation to see that he or she is encouraged to grow in faith and live a Christ-centered life; to renounce sin and evil, and accept Jesus Christ as his or her Savior. When old enough to take on these responsibilities themselves, those baptized as infants are confirmed. Adults, at baptism, make these pledges for their own lives. So baptism is the means by which God adopts us as His children, making us members of Christ’s Body, the Church.