Holy Baptism

Baptism is a sacrament of welcome into the Body of Christ—for children and adults—through which we acknowledge and celebrate God's love and embrace for God's people as unconditional and absolute. It is also a time when the community of faith gathers to renew its own commitment to Christ and to support those who are being baptized in their life in Christ. So it is appropriate that baptism take place, whenever possible, in the midst of the congregation during the Holy Eucharist as the chief service on a Sunday or other feast day.
 
The Book of Common Prayer designates certain days in the liturgical year as being especially appropriate for the celebration of Holy Baptism. These are the Easter Vigil (Saturday night before Easter Day), the Day of Pentecost, All Saints' Day or the Sunday after All Saints' Day, the Feast of the Baptism of our Lord (the First Sunday after the Epiphany) and the Annual Bishop's Visitation.
 
In the early Church, adult baptisms were the norm as more and more people heard and responded to the Gospel.  Today, they continue to be cause for great celebration in their witness to God's ongoing, active presence among us and in their affirmation of God's promises of new and abundant life in Christ.

We encourage adults who are exploring the Christian faith at St. Andrew's or family members who wish to bring a child to be baptized to discuss this with our rector and to allow adequate time for preparation in anticipation of this happy occasion.