Baptismal Arrangements

How to be baptized at St. Barnabas

If you or someone you know would like to be baptized, please contact the rector at your earliest convenience.

We understand baptism to be full initiation by water and the Holy Spirit into Christ’s Body, the Church. Anyone at any age can be baptized, however, since babies and young children are not old enough to make a mature profession of faith, their parents or sponsors (godparents), “guarantee that the infants will be brought up within the Church, to know Christ and be able to follow him.” (BCP, pp. 858-859) Anyone acting as a sponsor for the child, parent or otherwise, must be baptized as well.

The rector will work with the family in regard to necessary preparation and instruction prior to the ceremony.  Baptisms take place during Sunday worship.

The specific days in the church year on which Baptism is most appropriate are:

  • Jesus’ Baptism – usually the second Sunday of January

  • The Easter Vigil – the evening before Easter Sunday

  • Easter Day

  • The Day of Pentecost – 50 days after Easter

  • The Sunday after All Saints’ Day (November 1)

However allowances can be made to allow for family needs.  Baptisms, unless it is an emergency, will not take place during the season of Lent (around mid-February to mid-April).

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