Holy Baptism is full initiation by water and the Holy Spirit into Christ's Body the Church. The bond which God establishes in Baptism is indissoluble. During the service, candidates for baptism are endorsed by sponsors (godparents) who take on the responsibility of helping the newly baptized Christians grow in the knowledge and love of God, and in their responsibilities as members of His Church. The congregation present at the baptism also vows to support the newly baptized in their life in Christ.
Holy Baptism is usually administered four times a year on the feasts recommended by the Book of Common Prayer. Baptism is especially appropriate at the Easter Vigil; on the Day of Pentecost (May or June); All Saints' Day or the Sunday after All Saints' Day (November); and upon the feast of the Baptism of our Lord (January). It may also be administered when a bishop is present. (Book of Common Prayer, page 312).
For more information about baptism at St. Thomas, please contact CFitts@stepsmia.org