The Holy Sacrament of Baptism
Thank you for your interest in the Sacrament of Holy Baptism at Saint Barnabas Episcopal Church. To help prepare you for making your decision to be joined with Christ and his Church through Baptism, we urge you to read this customary, and then contact the Church Office.
From the point of view of Christian faith, the most significant and transforming event in a person’s life is baptism. Holy Baptism is a sacrament by which God adopts us as his children and makes us members of Christ's body, the Church, and inheritors of the kingdom of God (Book of Common Prayer, p.858). Baptism is a sign of God's own love for us, unmerited and unconditional. It is a sign of new life and new beginning in Christ.
We baptize people of all ages.
When Does Baptism Take Place?
Baptism is a powerful, transformational moment for the entire faith community at which we welcome our newest members, vow to support them, and in so doing reaffirm our own baptismal vows. Thus, baptism belongs in public worship and is incorporated into the regular 10 a.m. Sunday service or other feast days throughout the year. Normally baptisms are not scheduled in seasons of Lent, or Advent.
The dates for baptism in 2017 are as follows:
- April 15 - The Easter Vigil
June 4 - The Day of Pentecost
September 17 - Holy Cross Day
- November 5 - All Saints’ Day
The Holy Sacrament of Confirmation
Confirmation is a time when a parishioners make a public affirmation of their maturing faith and take on the promises made at their baptism for themselves. The Bishop leads the worship service and lays hands on each individual confirmand while praying for the Holy Spirit to continue to sustain and empower that person. Confirmation is a spiritual journey point in the life of a Christian; it is not a rite of passage that must happen at any particular age. Confirmation preparation includes studying the Bible, Christian history, theology, and the history of the Episcopal church, as well as engaging in service to others, prayer, reflection, and discernment. Preparation for confirmation for adults happens through classes with the clergy. Please speak to the Rector for more information.
The next cycle for youth confirmation will begin with pre-confirmation meetings in the fall of 2017. For more information, contact the Director of Children's Ministries.