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Plymouth, Michigan, 48170
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 298
Who may be baptized at St. John’s?
The Book of Common Prayer and the customs of the Episcopal Church guide our baptismal policies. A central part of the bond at baptism is established when the members of the parish make a promise, before God and each other, to “do all in their power to support these persons in their life in Christ.” (BCP, p. 303) To fulfill this promise, our members must be able to develop a relationship with the persons being baptized. Therefore, we only baptize members of our parish.
How do I schedule a baptism at St. John’s?
To schedule a baptism for you or any person in your family, please talk to the Priest-in-Charge after one of the Sunday worship services. Please mention any special concerns or circumstances to the Rector at that time. Policies and Registration Forms are posted on the wall outside the parish office. You can also access the Baptism Registration Form here.
When do the baptisms occur?
Baptisms occur five times a year at St. John’s: The Feast of the Baptism of our Lord, the Easter Vigil, the Day of Pentecost, Transfiguration Sunday, All Saints' Sunday. Baptisms take place at the last service on the given day.
How do we prepare for the baptism?
The clergy of St. John’s lead a class and rehearsal for each baptism. The class and rehearsal are taught together on the Saturday directly before the baptism, beginning at 10:00 a.m. and concluding by noon, in the Nave. Parents of infants and children who are to be baptized must attend this class and rehearsal. Godparents are encouraged to attend, if possible. The rehearsal profoundly effects the baptism, and so, it is required that parents be available for the rehearsal and class. In this manner, we are able to include all the families for the service the next day.
Do we need to have godparents?
The Book of Common Prayer says, “each candidate for Holy Baptism is to be sponsored by one or more baptized persons. (p. 298)
Do the Godparents have to be Episcopalian?
No, the godparents may be any denomination or faith, provided they are baptized.
Why do we have godparents?
The godparents function as the spiritual sponsors for the person being baptized. Especially important to young people, the sponsors stand with the parents and essentially make the baptismal vows in the name of the baptized. As the baptized child grows, the sponsor creates a relationship with the baptized to help guide and direct the child in their relationship with God. Then, at Confirmation, the baptized child publicly confirms the vows that were made for them at baptism.
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