Holy Baptism Nov 7th
Join families baptizing their child, 11AM SUN, 7-Nov. REGISTER to come in person (COVID protocols apply) or WATCH online, SHARE this invite.
to ZOOM by phone:
TO ARRANGE A BAPTISM
St Stephens administers the sacrament of holy baptism at a regular worship service when we celebrate a saint or holy event (also known as a "feast" day).
Scroll down, complete the form, and we will send you more details by automated email.
WHAT IS "BAPTISM"?
In the Christian Church, baptism with water symbolizes purification, regeneration, and admission to the Christian Community. Jesus commanded Christians...
"...Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age." ~ Matthew 28:19-20 ~
The exact details of the baptismal ceremony vary among Christian denominations. Many follow a prepared ceremony, called a rite or liturgy.
In a typical ceremony, parents or godparents bring their child to their congregation's priest or minister. The rite used would be the same as that denomination's rite for adults, i.e., by pouring holy water (affusion) or by sprinkling water (aspersion).
Eastern Orthodox and Eastern Catholic traditions practise total immersion and baptise babies in a font, and this practice is also the first method listed in the baptismal ritual of the Roman Catholic, although pouring is the standard practice within the Latin branch of Catholicism. Catholic and Orthodox churches that do this do not sprinkle.
At the moment of baptism, the minister utters the words "I baptise you (or, 'The servant of God (name) is baptised') in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit"
The video, below, explains the Anglican rite of baptism.
Rite vs Traditions
The Church (all denominations) does NOT require any specific form of dress for baptism, and does NOT require the family host a reception afterwards.
For example, some families choose to dress the baby in a white gown called a christening gown for the baptism ceremony. The Christening gown may be a treasured keepsake handed down from generation to generation, and used for both boys and girls.
As another example, some cultures host a feast following baptism (but not during the COVID-19 lockdown).
Bottom-line, before you finalize all the baptism arrangements, talk to your mom, your grandma, and your in-laws.
CONTACT US TO FOLLOW-UP
If you are interested in arranging a baptism for yourself or your child, complete the form below and click SUBMIT.
A few notes about the form: