Holy Baptism at St. George's
What is Baptism?
"Holy Baptism is full initiation by water and the Holy Spirit into Christ's Body the Church. The bond which God establishes in Baptism is indissoluble" (Book of Common Prayer, p. 298).
"Jesus said 'Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit'" (Matthew 28.19).
Matthew ends his Gospel with Jesus' final command - to baptize and make disciples. At our first birth we were born into a physical family. At baptism, we are born again as God adopts us into His family, the Church. The journey towards becoming mature followers of Christ begins at Baptism, but it takes a lifetime to fully live up to the Baptismal vows.
The beautiful video below is from Archbishop Justin Welby on baptism and how it all Christians around the world.
Why Do We Baptize Infants and Children?
Ours is a denomination that practices infant Baptism because it demonstrates that one doesn't need a deep knowledge of God to begin a relationship with Him. Therefore it is imperative that those baptized as children get instruction and nurture later in life from their family and church community. As a teen or adult, a person may make a more mature commitment to Christ. This is the Sacrament of Confirmation.
Prerequisites for Baptism
At least one parent should be a baptized, practicing Christian and a member of St. George’s Church. An active life in God's church is essential to Christian faith and discipleship. (If parents do not have the sincere intention of bringing up their child in the life of the church, there is no reason to request Baptism at this time. It suggests a lack of integrity for parents to have their children baptized and then drop out of church participation for years.)
Our goal is to help you make an informed commitment in good faith and to better equip you to fulfill the solemn responsibilities of Baptism. We pray that you will appreciate anew your own gift of Baptism and God’s invitation to a personal relationship with you.
Requesting a Baptism
Request a date for Holy Baptism
St. George's celebrates baptism on certain holy days every year at the 8:45 service, The Table, and the 11:15 service. There are a limited number of slots at each service. All baptism dates which are currently available for scheduling can be reviewed on the baptism request form (link above).
Due to the preparation required of the family and the church staff, we are not able to schedule new children for baptism within 30 days of the service. Please remember that Katy Valesky will confirm that the date you request is available, and she will continue to work with you and your family as the day approaches.
Sponsors and Godparents
Submit Names of Sponsors
Parents, please complete the form linked above when you are ready to provde the names of your child's sponsors.
Each candidate for Holy Baptism should be sponsored by one or more baptized persons. Sponsors of adults and older children present their candidates and thereby signify their endorsement of the candidates and their intention to support them by prayer and example in their Christian life. Sponsors of infants, commonly called godparents, present their candidates, make promises in their own names, and also take vows on behalf of their candidates. (BCP, p. 298)
All scheduling and administrative questions should be directed to Katy Valesky at (615) 385-2150 x 241 or email@example.com.
If you have further questions about the Sacrament of Baptism, please call any of our clergy at (615) 385-2150.