Baptism at St. John’s is available to the family of all members of the congregation and to all those desiring to become members. Baptism is an outward expression of belief in Jesus Christ. Through Baptism we are united with Jesus in his death, burial and resurrection. Baptism represents our birth into God’s family, forgiveness of sins and a new life in the Holy Spirit.
The Episcopal church does baptize infants and children. This practice comes out of the Jewish tradition of circumcision, where Christian parents include their children in an outward expression of their Christian faith, promising to bring the child up in the Christian faith and teaching the child about Christ. The scriptures promise that if we “…train up a child in the way he should go, when he is old he will not depart from it.” (Proverbs 22:6)
When a child is presented for baptism, Godparents (sponsors) stand with the parents and join them in committing to do all in their power to help the child grow in the Christian faith. In the event of a tragedy that results in the parents being unable to fulfill their promise, the Godparents then become responsible for the spiritual growth of the child. Godparents may be of any denomination, but must be baptized members of some part of the Christian church, willing to carry out the promises made during the baptismal service.
Prior to the baptismal service, all candidates and / or their parents/sponsors must meet with a member of the clergy of St. John’s. During the meeting, the meaning, tradition and understanding of the Baptismal Covenant will be discussed.
For more information or to schedule a Baptismal Service, contact Fr. Jim Nelson.