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Within the Christian Church the rite of baptism is understood in many different ways. As Episcopalians, we understand that Holy Baptism is the sacrament by which God adopts us as His children and makes us members of Christ’s Body, the Church, and inheritors of the Kingdom of God. Additionally, baptism is also understood to remove our sin and enable us to receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. 

In the Episcopal Church the rite of baptism follows the formula laid out in the Book of Common Prayer. In this rite, the candidate (or the candidate’s sponsors if a child is being baptized) is required to renounce Satan, repent of their sins, and accept Jesus as their Lord and Savior. In the Episcopal Church, as in the ancient church, infants are also baptized so that they can share citizenship in the Covenant, membership in Christ, and redemption by God. In the Episcopal Church there may be slight differences in how this sacrament is conveyed. However, water is always used and most Episcopal churches sprinkle water on the head of the candidate and some may also use holy oil as a sign of sealing the covenant between God and the newly baptized.

If you are an adult, and wish to baptized, we encourage you to talk to our parish priest who will work with you individually to prepare for the rite of baptism, confirmation, or reception into the Episcopal Church.

Parents of babies and young children who are being presented for baptism should also notify our priest to schedule this service. Parents will need to schedule an appointment with our priest as part of baptismal preparation. Godparents are not required to be Episcopalian, but they do need to be baptized Christians. The pastoral session with parents (and godparents if possible) will include time to share and imagine what it means to raise a child in the Christian life today, as well as the roles of parents and godparents. Our conversation will lead us to exploring the Church’s teaching of baptism as we find it in the Book of Common Prayer

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