A Sign of God’s Covenant in Christ
At St. Paul’s, we baptize infants, children, and adults, in response to the good news of God in Christ. Baptism points to the death and resurrection of Christ, and is a sign of adoption into the Church. Here we learn to accept Jesus Christ as savior, to trust in his grace and love, and to follow and obey Him as Lord (See The Book of Common Prayer, pages 302-303).
Baptism is an event for the whole church. Through baptism, we welcome new members into the life of the church and promise to support them. Bringing new life into the church invigorates our fellowship and energizes our mission to proclaim the gospel to the ends of the earth. Therefore baptism is incorporated into our primary worship services throughout the year on specific Sundays.
Our clergy prepares candidates for baptism and as well as the parents of infants and young children. They explain the meaning of baptism in the Christian tradition, reviews the service, and gives practical guidance about growing in faith individually and as a family.
The Preparation for Baptism course is offered twice a year, meeting four times over three months. The first session is offered in the Fall, typically starting in August, to prepare for baptism the Sunday after All Saints' Day (early November) or the Sunday after Epiphany (early January). The other session is held in the Winter, typically beginning in January, to prepare for a baptism at the Easter Vigil, the Sunday after Easter, or the Sunday after Pentecost. This session would also prepare for a baptism during the summer which would occur on the last Sunday of June, July, or August. There are no baptisms during the seasons of Advent or Lent.