Baptism at St. Paul's
Baptism is "full inititiation by water and the Holy Spirit into Christ's Body, the Church." (Book of Common Prayer, p. 298). At St. Paul's we welcome adults who have never been baptized and who desire to become a member of the church to do so -- baptism is not "just for children." Of course we also welcome parents who wish to initiate their children as members of the church to do so as well.
In both cases there should be a connection with St. Paul's. This connection can be regular attendance, a personal or family connection to the parish or other types of connections. There is a broad and generous interpretation of this and we encourage you to contact the Rector to discuss this more fully.
For parents bringing children to be baptized a meeting with the Rector, with both parents and the child, to discuss the meaning of baptism and practical matters is required. Parents and godparents are asked, during the baptism service, a number of questions, the first two, and primary, being these: "Will you be responsible for seeing that the child you present is brought up in the Christian faith and life?" and "Will you by your prayers and witness help this child to grow into the full stature of Christ." Parents and godparents are asked to give serious consideration to what these questions mean and how they envision carrying out these promises.
Baptisms at St. Paul's normally take place in the context of the Parish community. This means that they are part of our regularly scheduled worship services. Except for unusual pastoral circumstances we do not conduct "private" baptisms. While there are certain feast days that are particularly appropriate for Baptisms, at St. Paul's they can occur on most Sundays. We do not, normally, have Baptisms during the season of Lent. We try to balance the needs of the family, combine baptisms when there are multiple requests and the church and clergy schedule.
We welcome anyone who is interested in baptism to contact the Parish Office and the Rector will be happy to talk with you about Baptism.