Holy Baptism is full initiation by water and the Holy Spirit into Christ’s Body, the Church. It is a public statement of one’s intentional decision to follow the way of Jesus. In the case of infant baptism, it is the parents’ declaration of their intent to raise a child in the way of Jesus. The bond that God establishes in baptism is indissoluble, so baptism is only administered once.
When you choose to be baptized yourself or to have your child baptized in the Episcopal Church, it means you are choosing to live out the Baptismal Covenant in the context of an Episcopal church community, taking your part in the worship, mission, and ministries of the local parish. Baptism is open to all people, regardless of age or background.
We believe that everyone is on a spiritual journey, and regardless of where you are on that journey you have a place at St. Thomas. Baptism is a rite of initiation. It is a promise and a commitment to place God at the center of your life.
WE CELEBRATE BAPTISMS FOUR TIMES THROUGHOUT THE
1. BAPTISM OF OUR LORD, the Sunday immediately following the
Feast of the Epiphany on January 6.
2. THE EASTER VIGIL, the evening before Easter Sunday.
3. PENTECOST, the feast day following the 50 days of Easter.
4. ALL SAINTS’ DAY, usually the first Sunday in November.