“Holy Baptism is full initiation by water and the Holy Spirit into Christ’s Body the Church. The bond which God establishes in Baptism is indissoluble.”
— The Book of Common Prayer, p. 298.
1. What is baptism?
Baptism is an ancient custom, originating in Jewish practice, and adopted by the earliest Christians as a way of signifying membership in the mystical Body of Christ.
2. Who may be baptized?
Anyone who desires it, and who has not already been Baptized. In the case of infants and small children, anyone whose parents or guardians desire it for them.
3. When do baptisms take place?
Baptisms at St. John’s take place in the context of Sunday worship, reminding us that those being baptized are becoming a part of the Church and that they will be supported by this community of support and love. Baptisms take place four times during year: The Easter Vigil (the night before Easter Sunday), the Day of Pentecost (the 8th Sunday after Easter), July 9, August 13, All Saints’ Day (the Sunday closest to November 1), November 26, and the Feast of the Baptism of Jesus (shortly after the New Year). We also perform baptisms at the 8am and 9am services at other times during the year.
4. How do I get to baptism?
Participation in a baptism class is required for those desiring to be baptized and for the parents of children preparing for baptism, and is also open to those who are just curious about the meaning of the sacrament. The class will focus on the meaning of baptism and on how to integrate faith into your life and the life of your child. We’ll also talk through the logistics of the baptismal service. A short (approximately 1hr) online course follows this session.
The next class will be offered in September, but individual meetings are possible before the summer baptisms. Please RSVP to Rev. Ginger. Nursery care will be available upon request.