Baptism is a response to God’s action in our lives. It is a turning point, an opportunity to make a public, ritual commitment to a new way of life. Through Baptism we experience God’s abundant grace, the reconciling love of Jesus, and the surprising openings of the Spirit.
To choose to be baptized as an adult is to respond to God’s call to become a full member of the Body of Christ. Here at St. Stephen’s, we celebrate baptism for adults most commonly at the Great Vigil of Easter on Easter Eve, but also on other appointed days throughout the year.
If as an adult you wish to be baptized, please consult with the Rector, The Rev. Bill Osborne. Together you will meet to explore the meaning of baptism in scripture and tradition, ways to understand sin and forgiveness, the Baptismal Covenant and the Baptismal Promises, and discussion of how we live out our baptism in our daily lives. This will serve as your preparation for Baptism and help you in your understanding of the vows that you will make at your baptism.
Adult candidates for baptism are encouraged to meet regularly with their chosen sponsor (the adult version of a godparent) to engage in deep conversation about their inward faith and outward behavior as Christians.
Reception into the Episcopal Church
If you have already been baptized into a Christian denomination, the Episcopal Church recognizes that baptism so there is no need to be re-baptized. Instead you can reaffirm your Christian commitment through the sacrament of confirmation or by being received into the Episcopal Church.
Reaffirmation of Faith
Any Episcopalian who has already been confirmed, but who may have lapsed from participation in the worshiping community, or who wishes publicly to profess a deeper commitment to Christ in the presence of the whole community, may make a public Reaffirmation of Faith in the presence of the bishop.
If you would like to be baptized, or confirmed or received as an Episcopalian, please talk to the Rector, The Rev. Bill Osborne, or email him at: firstname.lastname@example.org