At Christ Church, we delight in welcoming the newly baptized as partners with us in Christ’s life and ministry, and we thank you for considering having you or your child’s baptism here. Holy Baptism is a sacred occasion. We promise to do all in our power to make your baptism a joyful event, and to support you in your life in Christ.
We baptize all ages in The Episcopal Church. When we baptize infants, the parents
and sponsors (godparents) make promises on behalf of the child. When we baptize
adults, they make the promises for themselves.
Being a member of Christ Church is not a requirement, though it is expected that
the candidate does have a worshipping community.
Baptisms are held during our Sunday morning service with the entire faith
community who participate not just as observers but as those who promise to
support and uphold the baptized person in their life in Christ.
Each candidate for baptism is to have one or more sponsors who present their
candidates and promise to support them by prayer and example in their life in
Christ. Sponsors (godparents) of infants make promises and take vows on behalf of
their candidates. The gender and number of the godparents is your personal choice.
Sponsors do not need to be Episcopalians.
Baptisms are held throughout the church year except during Lent. Days that are
especially appropriate for baptisms are the major Feast Days: The Baptism of our
Lord in January, The Easter Vigil in early spring, Pentecost in late spring, and All
Saints Day in November.
When you are ready to consider baptism, come to church one Sunday morning and
speak to the priest following the service. A meeting with the priest is required
before baptism takes place.
Sustain them, O Lord, in your Holy Spirit. Give them
an inquiring and discerning heart, the courage to will and to
persevere, a spirit to know and to love you, and the gift of joy
and wonder in all your works. Amen
Book of Common Prayer, p. 308