"Holy Baptism is full initiation by water
and the Holy Spirit in Christ's Body, the
of Common Prayer, page 298).
From the earliest period of Christian
history, baptism has been the gateway into
membership in the Christian Church.
Baptism elevates us from our natural state
to become CHILDREN OF GOD. It
UNION with Jesus in his death and
resurrection. This union gives us the
strength to carry on Jesus' mission, by
sharing our faith with others.
BIRTH into God's family, the Church.
Baptism initiates us into the community of
the one, holy catholic, and apostolic
FORGIVENESS of sins. Through Baptism,
we are given God's grace and cleaned of our
NEW LIFE in the Holy Spirit. As we
become new people - fuller and richer than
we were in our natural state - full of the
Holy Baptism is
appropriately administered within the
Eucharist as the chief service on a Sunday
or other feast.
Each candidate for Holy Baptism is to be
sponsored by one or more baptized
persons. Sponsors must by baptized
members of a Christian community.
Sponsors of adults and older children
present their candidates and thereby signify
their endorsement of the candidates and
their intention to support them by prayer
and example in their Christian life.
Sponsors of infants, commonly called
godparents, present their candidates, make
promises in their own names, and also take
vows on behalf of their candidates.
Who May Be Baptized at All Hallows?
All who wish to follow Jesus Christ and seek
All Hallows Parish as a place where they
intend to grow into the full stature of
Older Children and Adults: Please contact
the Rector to set up pre-baptism meetings to
learn about the Sacrament of Baptism and the
tenets of the Christian Faith.
Infants: Parents and godparents, please
contact the church office to find out about
the next Baptism Preparation Class.
In the Episcopal Church, we believe that
Holy Baptism is a Sacrament - an outward and
visible sign through the inward and
spiritual grace of God is conferred freely
upon the baptized person. Because of this
sacramental and gracious nature of baptism,
people of all ages may become
baptized. Older children and adults
learn about the Christian faith into which
they will be initiated. For infants,
the parents and godparents take the vows on
their behalf and promise to raise them up in
the church and see to it that they also
reaffirm these vows at their
A person can be baptized at any age, and we
welcome all who wish to be baptized at All
Hallows Parish. To schedule a baptism
contact the Parish Office at 410.798.0808 or