Baptisms, Christenings, Confirmation & Reception


The Book of Common Prayer says, "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."  (BCP p. 298)

Christening is just another name for Baptism, and comes from the practice of making the sign of the cross on the forehead of the newly baptized, using blessed oil called "Chrism." 

Anyone of any age may be baptized in this Church.  If you are not sure if you have been baptized, we can perform a "conditional" baptism.

Begin your planning for baptism by contacting the Church and speaking to the Rector.  The Rector will work with you on a date, time, and on any preparation for this Sacrament.   

Baptisms most properly take place on Sunday mornings, but can be performed at other times at the Rector's discretion.

If you need an emergency baptism for someone who is near death, contact the Rector immediately.  In an emergency situation, any Christian can baptize an individual.   


Older Youth and Adults who have been baptized are encouraged to affirm their faith through the Sacrament of Confirmation.  Preparation is required before the individual is presented to the Bishop for the laying on of hands.  

If you have already been confirmed by a Bishop in another Church, you may be eligible for Reception, whereby the Episcopal Bishop recognizes you and welcomes you in to the Episcopal fellowship. Preparation is required.