Baptism is the public ritual by which we become members of Christ’s Body, the Church. The candidate (or adults on her/his behalf) state their trust in God the Trinity, and promise to live according to the Baptismal Covenant. Then water is poured over the candidate three times (signifying death) and sealed on the forehead (signifying new life in Christ).
If you are interested in being baptized, or having a child baptized, please contact the rector.
1. Baptism is scheduled within services on Easter, on the Day of Pentecost, on All Saints’ Day (November 1) or the Sunday after All Saints’ Day, or on the Feast of the Baptism of our Lord (the first Sunday after January 6). Exceptions may be made by the rector in extraordinary circumstances.
2. For children too young to speak for themselves, at least one parent or legal guardian will be an active participant of an Episcopal Church, whenever possible. Grandchildren or others who live outside the area will be transferred to the parents’ home parish immediately after the baptism.
The intention of this policy is to ensure that there is a good possibility that the vows are being taken seriously and will be fulfilled. It also provides for the needs of extended families, while acknowledging the limits of St. Alban’s pastoral care.
3. Parents and godparents will attend a session to prepare for the baptismal service. This will usually take place the day before the occasion. Additional classes for the parent(s) may be held if deemed appropriate by the rector.