The Sacrament of Holy Baptism
The rite known as Holy Baptism represents full initiation by water and the Holy Spirit into Christ’s Body, the universal Church. It is a public statement of one’s intention to follow the way of Jesus, and of parents’ intention to raise their child in the Christian faith. Because baptism is initiation into the full church, and it is a public statement of your intention, we do not offer private baptisms except in cases of extreme emergency, such as grave illness. Baptism is appropriately held in the context of public worship, with the entire congregation joining in to support the newly baptized. Baptism is open to all people, regardless of age or background. We consider that the bond which God establishes in baptism is indissoluble, so baptism is only administered once. If you have already been baptized in another denomination, you may wish to attend Confirmation Class in order to be received in the Episcopal Church.
Baptisms take place during our main Sunday worship service at 10:30 a.m. on roughly the second Sunday of the month (please call the church office for 2014 dates). When you choose to be baptized or to have your child baptized at Heavenly Rest, you are making a deliberate choice to live out the Baptismal Covenant in the context of this Episcopal church community, by participating in regular worship and in the mission and ministries of our parish.
The first steps are to begin (or to continue) attending church regularly and to make an appointment to talk to one of the clergy about baptism. In order to be contacted, please fill out this downloadable baptism information form. Both adult candidates and the parents of infant candidates are required to meet with a priest to study the Baptismal Covenant and the theological significance of the sacrament. As baptism is the beginning of a spiritual path, not the culmination of one, candidates do not have to fully understand every word of the Christian creeds and doctrines – just be ready to embark on the rich path of discovery into the way, truth and life of Jesus Christ.