BAPTISM AT ST. GEORGE'S EPISCOPAL CHURCH

What is baptism?

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. 

The vows of Baptism are a beautiful but demanding set of public promises. In the context of the service we remind ourselves that we cannot do the work of being a Christian without God’s help and we also recognize that we cannot make these commitments without the help and support of one another.

 During the service of Baptism three critical things take place: A child of God gets baptized, the congregation renews their own Baptismal Covenant and commits to help those being baptized realize their faith. These commitments are mutual, collective and made with sincerity and hope.

 During the service of Baptism three critical things take place: A child of God gets baptized, the congregation renews their own Baptismal Covenant and commits to help those being baptized realize their faith. These commitments are mutual, collective and made with sincerity and hope.

 Like all other Sacraments, Holy Baptism is an outward and visible sign of an inward and spiritual grace, given by Christ as a sure and certain means by which we receive that grace. As such sacraments are the free gift of God and for all intents and purposes the church doesn’t charge for them or deny them to anyone seeking them. We do however, try to be sure that the Sacraments are “understood,” to the degree possible, by those receiving them. Sometimes that means entering into a period of learning before the sacrament is pronounced (much like a young couple needing to attend pre-marital counseling before the church, in good faith, blesses a marriage at a worship service).

 For all of these reasons, it is our hope (and one could argue necessity) that adults who receive the sacrament of Baptism do so with the intention becoming members who worship regularly with us and that those sponsoring infants or young children do so with the intention of a commitment to age appropriate Christian education for those they sponsor. These commitments continue a Judeo-Christian tradition with roots in both the New Testament and the Hebrew scriptures. 

When do baptisms occur?

The Sacrament of Holy Baptism can be administered on any Sunday of the Church year excepting those within the seasons of Lent and Advent, and also the day of Christmas when it falls on a Sunday. Baptism is especially appropriate at the Easter Vigil, on the Day of Pentecost, on All Saint's Day or the Sunday after All Saint's Day, and on the Feast of the Baptism of our Lord (the first Sunday after the Epiphany).

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