Policy on Baptism


Young persons and adults.

Persons of an age who can affirm the baptismal vows for themselves may be baptized at any time upon confession of faith in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. If the decision is a spontaneous one, counsel with the Vicar will be required within the week after the Baptism. In usual circumstances leading to the baptism of a young person or adult, counsel with the Vicar will take place prior to the baptism.

Infants and younger children.

Requests for the baptism of infants and those who will need sponsors to speak for the baptizand must come from the parent. At least one of the parents must be a current, active member of a church.  It does not have to be an Episcopal parish. The Vicar will contact the pastor or priest of that church to request the privilege of baptizing the child. The Vicar will inform that pastor or priest that when our congregation is asked "Will you who witness these vows do all in your power to support (this child) in (his/her) life in Christ?" they will be told the name and place of the parent's home parish, and that they are " . . . saying this vow on behalf of the people of God" of that church.

Godparents should be Christians active in a parish church. Traditionally, there are two Godparents of the same gender as the child, and one of opposite gender, but this is not "written in stone."

All baptisms are set within the context of the Sunday Mass. There are designated Sundays appropriate for the Sacrament of Holy Baptism: the Easter Vigil, the Day of Pentecost, All Saints' Day or the Sunday after All Saints' Day, and on the Feast of the Baptism of Our Lord (the First Sunday after the Epiphany) The Book of Common Prayer, p. 312.

There is absolutely no photography permitted during the baptismal liturgy.