Baptism is the celebration of new life in Christ. In the Episcopal Church, parents and godparents present infants to receive this sacrament. Baptism is also available to persons of any age who have never been baptized.
A person who has been baptized with water in the name of the Trinity in any Christian church does not need to be re-baptized.
In Baptism, we renounce Satan, repent of sin, and accept Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. Parents and godparents make these promises for an infant, and take responsibility for seeing that the child will be brought up in the Christian faith and life.
When Baptism is administered
Calvary Church has designated the following dates for Baptism in 2018 and 2019:
- November 4, 2018: The Sunday following All Saints' Day
- January 13, 2019: The First Sunday after the Epiphany: The Feast of the Baptism of our Lord
- April 20, 2019: The Easter Vigil, on the Saturday evening before Easter
- June 9, 2019: The Day of Pentecost
- November 3, 2019: The Sunday following All Saints' Day
A Sunday in the summer is often designated as an additional date for Baptism.
Each candidate for Baptism is sponsored by one or more baptized persons. Sponsors of infants are called godparents. Godparents should be willing and able to make a commitment to nurture the child’s faith, helping the new Christian grow in the knowledge and love of God. It is appropriate for parents to be included among the godparents of their own children. Sponsors of older children or adults offer their endorsement and support for the candidate they present.
Baptism welcomes people into the fellowship of the Church. Therefore, Baptism is most appropriately administered during a worship service, when the community gathers for the Eucharist on Sunday morning or to celebrate a major feast. Private Baptisms are discouraged, and are permitted only in extraordinary circumstances. In an emergency, of course, Baptism is always available.
Parents, godparents, and older baptismal candidates receive instruction for Baptism. You will receive information concerning instruction, as well as a rehearsal for the Baptism service. Parents and godparents are strongly encouraged to participate as fully as possible in this preparation for the joy and responsibility of presenting a child for Baptism.
To schedule a Baptism, please contact the church office.
Any questions, concerns, or special needs should be discussed with a member of the clergy. It is a great joy for a parish family to celebrate Baptism, and we look forward to sharing this significant milestone on the spiritual journey with you.