As Christians following the Anglican/Episcopal tradition, we believe that “Holy Baptism is full initiation by water and the Holy Spirit into Christ’s Body the Church. The bond which God establishes in Baptism is indissoluble” (Book of Common Prayer, page 299). Baptism is the occasion for great joy in the life of an individual, his or her family, and the Church, and is, therefore, a public celebration. Baptismal candidates make promises about how to live as followers of Jesus; the Church makes promises to support those being baptized on their journey; and all who are gathered reaffirm their faith in the God who promises forgiveness of sin and our resurrection into a new life of grace.
St. Peter’s baptizes children, youth, and adults. In keeping with ancient traditions of the Church and according to The Book of Common Prayer, St. Peter’s offers baptism four times each year: The Baptism of Our Lord (mid-January); The Great Vigil of Easter; The Day of Pentecost; and All Saints’ Sunday (early November). Occasionally, other dates are available at the discretion of the Rector.
After one is baptized, one is considered a full member of the Church and is welcome to participate in Holy Communion. The Rite of Confirmation is encouraged for all adults who wish to make a mature profession of their faith and strengthen the gifts, which were bestowed in baptism. Confirmation also officially makes you an Episcopalian. Those who have been confirmed in another Christian denomination may be received into the Episcopal Church. Confirmations are scheduled based on the availability of the Bishop.
At St. Peter’s, all baptismal candidates, parents, sponsors and godparents are required to meet with a priest or appointed baptismal catechist (teacher) to discuss the theology and obligations of baptism and participate in pre-baptismal rehearsal usually scheduled the Saturday before the Baptism from 9:00–10:00 a.m. A room is set aside the morning of the Baptism to provide hospitality for candidates and their families.
For more information about baptisms, please read “Regarding Baptisms at St. Peter’s” and contact the Reverend Jacob E. Pierce, Rector, using our Contact form.. Holy Baptism Registration Forms are available here (a PDF will open in a separate window).