Every journey has an origin. Every story has a beginning.
For those on the journey of Christian faith, this story often begins as a quiet and internal shift. A change within the heart, a call towards the divine felt deep within. In Baptism, we recognize this new life in the images of Water and Spirit.
Baptism by water is the way we mark a new member's entry into the kingdom of God. This sacrament is seen as an indelible mark upon the baptized, forever binding them to the Way of Christ. Baptism is the only thing required to be a Christian, however, before one is baptized there is a period of formation to equip the adult baptizand for their new life of faith, and to help connect them into the community.
The Episcopal church does also practice the baptism of infants and children as well, allowing the child's Parents and Godparents to make the promises of Christian living for the child while simultaneously promising to raise that child in the faith. Similar preparation is undertaken before the child is baptized, to ensure that the parents feel equipped and connected to a community for the support of that most precious and difficult of tasks, raising a child.
We recognize the validity of any baptism preformed with water in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, therefore anyone baptized in this manner doesn't need to be baptized to join our community. They are already members of the household of God, and as such are welcome to participate in the full life of the church.
If you have not yet been baptized, and are interested in taking that next step, please contact us!