Baptism

At St. James’ we understand that in Baptism an adult or child is formally and permanently bound to the Body of Christ, that is the Church. In part, the Baptismal covenant includes the following questions:

*Will you continue in the apostles’ teaching and fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and in the prayers?

*Will you persevere in resisting evil, and, whenever you fall into sin, repent and return to the Lord?

*Will you proclaim by word and example the Good News of God in Christ?

*Will you seek and serve Christ in all persons, loving your neighbor as yourself?

*Will you strive for justice and peace among all people, and respect the dignity of every human being?

We believe that to answer these question truthfully and with understanding requires a period of preparation and formation in the Christian life and community. Parents of children to be baptized along with older children and adults seeking to be baptized are asked to participate a formation program that emphasizes the experience of prayer, Scriptural reflection and the ministry of the people prior to receiving the Sacrament. Baptisms at St. James’ are held at the Great Vigil of Easter, at the three other traditional Sundays for Baptism: The Day of Pentecost, All Saints Sunday, and The First Sunday after the Epiphany, as well as when need warrants.

Please contact our priest to discuss baptism for yourself or your child.