BAPTISM AND CONFIRMATION
The Holy Sacrament of Baptism
The Holy Sacrament of Confirmation
Thank you for your interest in Sacrament of Holy Baptism at Christ Episcopal Church. From the point of view of Christian faith, the most significant and transforming event in a person’s life is baptism. Holy Baptism is a sacrament by which God adopts us as his children and makes us members of Christ's body, the Church, and inheritors of the kingdom of God (Book of Common Prayer, p.858). Baptism is a sign of God's own love for us, unmerited and unconditional. It is a sign of new life and new beginning in Christ.
Baptism is a powerful, transformational moment for the entire faith community at which we welcome our newest members, vow to support them, and reaffirm our own baptismal vows. Thus, baptism belongs in public worship and is incorporated into the regular 9 AM or 11 AM Sunday service. Normally baptisms are not scheduled in seasons of Lent or Advent.
We baptize people of all ages. If you are considering the decision to be joined with Christ and his Church through Baptism, we urge you to contact the Rev. Dr. Catherine Collier.
Confirmation is a time when a parishioners make a public affirmation of their maturing faith and take on the promises made at their baptism for themselves.
The Bishop leads the annual worship service and lays hands on each individual confirmand while praying for the Holy Spirit to continue to sustain and empower that person.
Confirmation is a spiritual journey point in the life of a Christian; it is not a rite of passage that must happen at any particular age.
Confirmation preparation includes studying the Bible, Christian history, theology, and the history of the Episcopal church. Preparation for confirmation for adults happens through classes led by the Rector.