“For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ." -- Galatians 3:27
Baptism with water in the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit marks our initiation into the Christian life. It is an unrepeatable Sacrament that can be administered at any age, from infants a few days old to those well advanced in years. In Holy Baptism, by sharing in Christ's death and resurrection, we receive new birth as members of Christ's Body, the Church, receive the forgiveness of sins, and are made inheritors of the kingdom of heaven.
According to the “Book of Common Prayer” (page 312) “Holy Baptism is especially appropriate at the Easter Vigil, on the Day of Pentecost, on 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 Feast of the Epiphany).” Holy Baptism can also be celebrated on the Sunday designated each month. (See the schedule below). Except in emergency, Baptism is not administered during the seasons of Advent or Lent.
For the baptism of children, we ask that at least one parent should be a baptized, a practicing Christian and a member of St. Francis Church. An active life in God's church is essential to Christian faith and discipleship for both the newly baptized and his or her family. Each candidate for Holy Baptism is presented by one or more sponsors (also known as godparents), who must be themselves baptized and practicing Christians. Baptismal Instruction for the Baptismal Party will be scheduled at a convenient tine prior to the service.
Available dates for Baptisms:
July 28th 10 a.m. service
September 1st 10 a.m. service
September 15th 9 a.m. service
November 1st 11:15 a.m. service (All Saints’ Sunday)
November 28th 10 a.m. service (Thanksgiving Day)
For additional information on the Sacrament of Baptism, see the national Episcopal Church’s definition page.