Baptism at St Paul’s
Baptism is the Sacrament of initiation into the Christian life as we publicly make a covenant to follow Jesus Christ in the community of his church. Baptism in the Anglican Church is open to anyone who wants to affirm their faith in Jesus Christ and promise to live faithfully according to his teachings.
Because it’s an important step, preparation is necessary in order to understand and appreciate the promises being made.
Frequently asked questions
Is there an age restriction?
The sacrament of baptism is open to anyone at any age. Parents bring their children to be baptized; teenagers make their own commitment; adults make a personal decision.
Do I need to be a member to be baptized at St. Paul’s?
You don’t need to be a member of St. Paul’s to be baptized here.
How do I select godparents?
The parents are the primary sponsors of their child, but you may wish to ask others to be sponsors with you. They should be individuals who can help you raise your child as a faithful follower of Jesus Christ.
When do baptisms happen?
Baptisms are held during worship services on Sunday mornings. The times for baptism are the Baptism of Jesus (early January), Easter (early spring), Pentecost (late spring), Holy Cross Day (September) and All Saints Day (early November). Other arrangements can be made in consultation with the priest.
Is there a cost?
There is no set fee, but a donation to the church is appreciated.
What preparation is required?
Adults seeking baptism (or the parents of children) and their sponsors, if possible, meet with the priest in the weeks before a baptism to review and discuss the promises being made.