From Father Paul Frey
We would love to baptize you or your child. While Covid - 19 has made some things more challenging we can arrange for online baptism classes, and also schedule a baptism and do so in a way that is relatively low contact and safe.
To start the process for baptism
Please fill out an application and plan to attend 3 classes prior to the baptism. These are usually from 10 to 10:45 on Sunday morning for three Sundays prior to the baptism service. In some cases classes may be scheduled at other times.
These videos are part of our current baptism curriculum
Please watch these videos. We will review them and begin our first three classes with them.
Video 1 - What happens at Baptism?
This video is done by the Roman Catholic Church, so there are a few differences in how we see things, but it is an excellent overview of infant baptism.
Video 2 - What are some of the transforming effects of baptism?
This video is a wonderful intro to the amazing grace of baptism!
Video 3 - How can my life reflect God's grace given to me in baptism?
This video is about how God's grace in baptism and other sacraments is not just about us, but about God, God's people, and God's plan for the world.
For more information about baptism classes and dates call us or email us:
956-723-5714 or firstname.lastname@example.org
What we expect from parents of children being baptized and of older children and adults seeking baptism
1) Commitment to Christ.
2) Commitment to Christian Community.
3) Commitment to God's mission in the larger community.
4) Commitment to the Episcopal Church and the Anglican Communion. (This is not absolute. We do baptize folks who will not be part of the Episcopal church in certain circumstances. Talk with the pastor about your particular case.)
What happens at baptism
In baptism, we take a very common substance, water, and do something very uncommon. In the simple act of immersing someone, or pouring water on someone, we pray for God to completely transform their life.
Christians disagree about whether it is appropriate to baptize infants, about whether you should be immersed, or if getting your head wet is enough, and even about exactly what baptism accomplishes. But all Christians (with very few exceptions) believe that baptism is a very important step in the Christian life and part of what Jesus himself commanded us to do.
At Christ Church we baptize infants and adults. We believe that the primary actor in baptism is not the person getting baptized or the person doing the baptizing, but God. We believe that somehow in baptism, God is beginning or continuing a work of profound transformation with an eternal significance.
We welcome your questions. If you would like to be baptized or are the parent of someone who you would like to have baptized, the links below might be helpful to you. We offer baptism preparation classes and baptism several times a year. Please don't hesitate to contact us if you need more information.
Baptism and Children's Communion - Children who are baptized are welcome to receive communion. For info read "Children and Communion". (Ninos y Comunion)