Baptism is a sacrament instituted by Our Lord example that provides for our initiation in the body of Christ on earth, the Church. It is the beginning of a lifelong journey – the opening of a channel of grace between God and humanity through which a person may grow in holiness in the hope of being counted among the company of the redeemed awaiting resurrection.
Baptism gives us new life in the Holy Spirit, a life in which blessings abound to those who truly seek to walk in the Way of Jesus’ love. For adults, the choice to be baptized is the choice to belong to Christ forever and to welcome Him into every aspect of life. Infants and children are welcomed into the body of Christ with the understanding that they will be brought up in the Church and learn from their parents and godparents to love and serve the Lord.
The Church has traditionally set aside four principal feast days as particularly suitable dates for baptisms: Easter Vigil (Saturday, April 16, 2022), Pentecost (Sunday, June 5, 2022), All Saints’ Day (November 7, 2021), and the Feast of the Baptism of our Lord (Sunday, January 9, 2022). Baptisms also occur when Bishop Knisely visits our parish (May 29, 2022). Trinity Church offers opportunities for baptism on these five occasions each year.
Parents must meet with parish clergy for instruction and information on baptism for their child(ren). Adults seeking initiation into the Church through Baptism, or Confirmation must complete a multi-week Catechumenate course. Adult candidates, and parents wishing to have their child baptized, should contact The Rev. Canon Timothy J. Watt.