Baptisms, Weddings, Funerals

The Book of Common Prayer tells us that Baptisms in the Episcopal Church are best celebrated in the context of the Sunday Eucharist, especially at the seasons of Easter, Pentecost, All Saints, and the Baptism of Christ. Other times are sometimes arranged to meet the special needs of the parish and the families involved.

Baptism is full membership in the Church, and it is important for the person to be Baptized, or the family in the case of a child, to make a public commitment both to the Church in general and to a particular parish community. For this reason, it is necessary for the candidate or the parents to be actively involved in the worship, education, and mission life of the parish for a significant period of time prior to the Baptism.

There is a time of preparation for adult candidates and the parents of children prior to the Baptism. This is guided by the clergy of the parish, and may include the family and sponsors (Godparents).

All requests for Baptism are taken seriously. We understand the desire of grandparents to see their grandchildren Baptized, but unless the parents are active in a community of faith and intend to see that the child is raised in the Christian faith, Baptism becomes a hollow sacrament.

"Promises are made for them by their parents and sponsors, who guarantee that the infants will be brought up within the Church, to know Christ and be able to follow him." (Catechism, Book of Common Prayer, page 859)

Baptism FAQs:     Answers to some frequently asked questions:

Sponsors, often called Godparents, should be active Baptized Christians, of any denomination, who will be spiritual guides to those Baptized. There may be two or more sponsors.

There is no set fee for a Baptism. A gift made to the Discretionary Fund to honor this occasion will enable the clergy to aid a child or family in need.

If you are from out of town but your family is here and you ask us to celebrate the Baptism, we will do so at the request of your home church and we will send the Baptismal certificates there to help establish you in your own community.

Baptism means full initiation in the Church and admission to Holy Communion follows immediately. Very young children are guided in this by their parents and the clergy.

Confirmation is another sacramental rite when one is ready to make a personal adult commitment. For students this is about age sixteen.

Renewal of Baptismal Vows may take place at the Easter Vigil after a season of Lenten preparation.

Last Published: July 27, 2016 1:32 PM