WHY DO WE BAPTIZE?
We understand Baptism to be the sacrament by which God adopts us as God’s children and makes us members of Christ’s body, the Church. A sacrament, for Episcopalians, is an outward and visible sign of an inward and spiritual grace. In Baptism we welcome new members into the Body of Christ, commit ourselves to support them in their life in Christ, and re-dedicate our own lives to Christ. Baptism is a wonderful celebration that involves the whole congregation. Because we understand Baptism to be an action by and in the community of faith, the rite is carried out as part of our regular Sunday worship service. Private Baptisms are not performed, except in cases of extreme emergency.
WHO CAN BE BAPTIZED?
We baptize both adults and children, as did the earliest Christian church. The Episcopal Church recognizes Baptism as a Christian sacrament. If you have been baptized in another Christian denomination, we honor and celebrate that. You do not need to be baptized again. If, having been baptized previously, you desire to reaffirm your faith we have a similar rite in which you may do this.
WHO WILL ACT AS GODPARENTS OR SPONSORS?
You will choose godparents for yourself or for your child. These people should be baptized Christians, willing to vow they will see to your or your child’s spiritual well-being and support you in your spiritual growth.
- First Sunday after the Epiphany: Sunday, January 13, 2019
- Great Easter Vigil (Holy Saturday): Saturday, March 20, 2019
- Easter Day: Sunday, April 21, 2019
- Day of Pentecost: Sunday, June 9, 2019
- Transfiguration Sunday: Sunday, August 4, 2019
- All Saints' Day: Sunday, November 3, 2019
- Christ the King Sunday: Sunday, November 24, 2019
For other potential times throughout the year, please contact the office at 503-653-5880.
If you're interested in Holy Baptism here at St. John the Evangelist Episcopal Church in Milwaukie, please complete the form below.