Baptism is the sacrament through which a person becomes a member of the Christian Church. There are many aspects of meaning to baptism, including forgiveness of sins, a new birth, entering the life of the Church, receiving the gift of the Holy Spirit, and being commissioned to serve the world in Christ’s name. In the liturgy of baptism, we make significant promises to God, but the heart of baptism is not what we do but what God does. In baptism, we are made God’s own, claimed as children of God, and invited to open ourselves to the mystery of God’s unfathomable love for us.
God’s love is not, of course, limited to only those who are baptized. But baptism is a rite through which we may accept that love. It is a major step in our spiritual journey. It is important also because it draws us into the life of the Church.
So baptism-whether for an adult or child-is never a light or casual matter. It involves the great gift of being claimed as God’s own and it also entails our own sacred vows to grow in Christian life.
If you are interested in baptism or would like a copy of our baptism booklet, please contact the Parish Secretary.