THE SACRAMENT OF BAPTISM
WELCOME! Congratulations! You are in the midst of that wonderful and sacred mystery that is parenthood. It’s fun, exhausting, exhilarating, frustrating, and joyful. And all at the same time! As you think about the baptism of your child, know that we’re here to help make it happen. It doesn’t matter whether you are an Episcopalian or even a regular churchgoer. God desires the baptism of your child, and that’s all that matters. The Sacrament of Baptism makes your child a member of the church and, more importantly, establishes an indelible bond with God in Jesus Christ. We hope that through the baptism, you will consider becoming an active participant in the life and ministry of St. Martin’s. The greatest gift you can give to your child is the gift of raising him/her in the faith.
Our service of Holy Eucharist is on Sundays at 9:00AM.
When can we have our child baptized? We celebrate Baptism any Sunday during the year (except during the Season of Lent, the 40 days before Easter.)
Does the church perform private baptisms? No. All baptisms take place within the context of the Sunday morning service of Holy Eucharist. Since baptism is the welcoming of a new member into the household of God and the specific community that is St. Martin’s, baptisms take place in the midst of the community’s weekly celebration.
Does the church charge a fee for baptisms? There is no fee charged for the sacraments of the church. A gift to the church in the name of the baptized child is always appropriate and gratefully received to help support our ministry to God’s people here at St. Martin’s Episcopal Church. If you can make such a gift, please put it in a separate envelope clearly marked “Baptism Gift” with your child’s name.
What does baptism mean in the Episcopal Church? The Book of Common Prayer tells us 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.” The Catechism in the Book of Common Prayer is also helpful. It follows below:
Q. What is Holy Baptism?
A. Holy Baptism is the 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.
Q. What is the outward and visible sign in Baptism?
A. The outward and visible sign in Baptism is water, in which the person is baptized in the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.
Q. What is the inward and spiritual grace in Baptism?
A. The inward and spiritual grace in Baptism is union with Christ in his death and resurrection, birth into God’s family the Church, forgiveness of sins, and new life in the Holy Spirit.