“… in the waters of baptism we are buried with Christ in his death. By it we share in his resurrection. Through it we are born by the Holy Spirit.”
Baptism is an important milestone in a Christian’s spiritual journey and is undertaken as an expression of faith and as a means of initiating people into Christ and His church.
The New Testament proclaims that Jesus urged His disciples to “baptize all nations, in the Name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit” (Matt. 28). In other words, the new life is meant to be shared. God’s love is meant for the whole world.
Baptism is a sign of spiritual re-birth and a commitment to living intentionally for Christ in the context of the Church. In Baptism, God’s grace is bestowed, the flowing water symbolizing God’s faithful love for us, which renews us in life. Baptism is the moment when we consciously and intentionally become what we are meant to be: “children of God,” and disciples of Christ.
Baptism has therefore been considered the primary sacrament of the Church, a defining moment. It is a moment that has great implications for your future — it expresses your intention to lead the new life in Christ. It is a celebration of the new life we receive through believing, and so the entire congregation celebrates together in every Baptism, renewing our own commitment to living “in Christ.”
Baptism is normally celebrated within the spiritual community to which the candidate (or in the case of minors, the parents) belongs. The Anglican Church requires that, for minors, one of the parents belongs to the Anglican Church.
Please call the office and speak with the Rector to learn more about Baptism at St. Peter’s and how we, as a community of faith, can support you and your family in this important and life changing commitment.
The Church encourages all who were baptized as young children or infants to renew their baptismal vows at a significant threshold in their formative journey. Typically this occurs during the teen years and is preceded by a program of study, reflection and preparation.
At St. Peter’s we periodically offer a preparation program for youth and young adults.
Older adults seeking to reaffirm their baptismal vows in a renewed profession of faith usually meet with clergy who will guide them through a self-directed program of preparation and reflection.
The act of confirming one’s baptismal promises at a Confirmation liturgy is done in the presence of the Bishop and is followed by the laying-on-of-hands in prayer for the strengthening gifts of the Holy Spirit.
This sacramental rite is appropriate for:
- those baptized at a young age who are now ready to make a personal and mature commitment to Christ and his Church;
- those who come to the Anglican Church from another Christian tradition; or
- those who are returning to active church life after a long period of absence.
Depending on a person’s circumstances the rite is variously known as Confirmation, Reaffirmation of Baptismal Vows or Reception into the Anglican Communion.
Please speak with the rector if Confirmation seems right for you.