Baptism is “full initiation by water and the Holy Spirit into
Christ’s Body the Church” (The Book of Common Prayer, 298). Holy baptism is appropriately celebrated during the Sunday service. It is a public rite whereby we become members of Christ’s body, the Church.
In order to help you prepare for the sacrament of baptisms for your child, please know that you are required to attend baptismal instruction. Call and speak with our office manager who will check the church calendar and help you determine the date for your baptism. Please make sure that you have scheduled the baptism with enough time to attend baptismal instruction.
At this time you will be emailed a baptism form. Fill it out and return to the church office. This will enable us to prepare the appropriate certificates for the baptized and the godparents. It is appropriate for the godparent or godparents to be baptized christians. You may choose any number of godparents, and they are not required to be present at the service to fulfill this role in your child’s life. If you have further questions about this process, please speak to one of the priests or to the office manager.
Baptisms are typically scheduled about ten times per year, on particular feast days as well as other dates. Please reserve your date through the Office Manager, Melanie Fairbrother (Melanie.Fairbrother@stpaulscary.org; 919-467-1477 ext. 10).