Heavenly Father, we thank you that by water and the Holy Spirit you have bestowed upon these your servants the forgiveness of sin, and have raised them to the new life of grace. Sustain them, O Lord, in your Holy Spirit. Give them an inquiring and discerning heart, the courage to will and to persevere, a spirit to know and to love you, and the gift of joy and wonder in all your works. Amen.
What is the heart of God for mankind?
Jesus says in the Gospel of Matthew, “Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” Later in that same Gospel he prays over Jerusalem and expresses his great longing, “How often would I have gathered your children together as a hen gathers her brood under her wings, and you were not willing!” It seems clear that the heart of God for mankind is that we would come to him.
The Baptismal Covenant
This is the heart of God for all men, women, and children, and Jesus ordained that we mark this grace of God through the visible sign of baptism by water in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Through baptism we are united with Jesus’ death and we join with him in his resurrection. We are given the gift of forgiveness for our sins and new birth to eternal life. These are the exciting truths that are about to become especially vivid and real as you come to this glorious sacrament as one being baptized, a parent, or a Godparent. God is acting. He is calling you to come to him. He is gathering you to himself. That is, after all, his heart. As Saint Paul wrote, “the old has passed away; behold, the new has come.”
I want to learn about Baptism for children
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Baptism for Children
The First Step
If you are not already, invest some time and become a member of the parish. Contact the office and let us know you would like your child(ren) to be Baptized. This appointment is arranged with Kelli Hample, firstname.lastname@example.org or 843.722.7345.
The Second Step
Make an appointment to meet with the Rector. At this meeting Dean Peet will discuss both the theological impact of the Covenant of Baptism on the Christian life as well as the particulars of the Celebration of a Baptism. You can also set the Baptismal service date.
The Third Step
Invite God Parents to partner with you in the care and encouragement of your child’s development as a Christian.
The Fourth Step
A second meeting with the Rector. At this meeting God Parents are coached in their responsibilities and all participants engage a brief Baptismal rehearsal.
How old should our baby be when they are Baptized?
There is not particular age that is best; however, it is best if an infant can hold his or her head up typically between 4 – 6months or at any time after this a child can be Baptized.
Does my child need to wear something special?
Wearing white is traditional but is not required. You do not need to invest in expensive clothing. Ordinary church clothing is alright.