This is full initiation by water and the Holy Spirit into Christ's Body, the church. God adopts us, making us members of the church and inheritors of the Kingdom of God. In baptism we are made sharers in the new life of the Holy Spirit and the forgiveness of sins.
Each candidate for baptism in the Episcopal Church is to be sponsored by one or more baptized persons. During the baptismal rite the members of the congregation promise to do all they can to support the candidates for baptism in their life in Christ. Candidates are baptized "in the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit," and then marked on the forehead with the sign of the cross. The newly baptized is "sealed by the Holy Spirit in Baptism and marked as Christ's own for ever." The baptismal promises are made for infants by their parents, Godparents, or sponsors, "who guarantee that the infants will be brought up within the Church, to know Christ and be able to follow him".
Baptism is especially appropriate at the Easter Vigil, the Day of Pentecost, All Saint's Day or the Sunday following, and the Feast of the Baptism of our Lord (the First Sunday after the Epiphany). The Fellowship Committee will work along side the Coffee Hour Host and offer coffee and cake following the service to celebrate the newly baptized member. Please contact the church office or the rector if you would like to schedule a baptism.