Holy Baptism is full initiation by water and the Holy Spirit into Christ’s Body the Church (BCP, p. 298). So everything begins with baptism!
Because we understand Holy Baptism as being the initiation into the Body of Christ, this is to be a public, community-oriented celebration. The church is welcoming a new member, and existing members of the church are required to:
1) be present as witnesses, and
2) publicly commit themselves to “do all in [their] power to support these persons in their life in Christ.” (BCP, p. 303)
That is why the Church no longer allows “private” or “family only” baptisms. We do not understand Holy Baptism as a one-time “transaction”, but rather, the beginning of a person’s life in Christ within the context of a Christian community.
And since Holy Baptism is the full initiation not only into the larger Body of Christ, but also into a particular church community, the clergy at Christ the King will not baptize candidates who do not live in this community, and/or who do not intend to fully participate in the life of Christ the King on a consistent basis. The clergy cannot with a good conscience ask and expect the members of Christ the King if they “will do all in [their] power to support these persons in their life in Christ” if the person being baptized doesn’t live in our community. The clergy will be happy to assist the parents/sponsors of the candidate to find an Episcopal Church in their community with which they can develop a relationship.
In terms of when the sacrament of Holy Baptism will be celebrated, Christ the King follows the Book of Common Prayer, which recommends the following Feast Days of the Liturgical Year:
The Feast of the Baptism of our Lord (1st Sunday after the Epiphany): January 8, 2017
Easter Vigil: April 15, 2017
The Day of Pentecost: June 4, 2017
The Transfiguration of Our Lord: August 6, 2017
All Saint’s Sunday: November 5, 2017
Please note that except for the Easter Vigil, the Sacrament of Holy Baptism will be celebrated at the principal Sunday service (10:30 am) and administered by the rector of Christ the King. Guest clergy are welcome to attend and participate, but the clergy at Christ the King always presides at the service and administers the sacrament.
The process for Holy Baptism at Christ the King is as follows:
1) Set up an appointment with the clergy to discuss your desire to be baptized (or to have your child baptized).
2) Once you have met with the clergy, notify the Parish Administrator as to which Feast Day (listed above) you would like to be baptized (or to have your child baptized). Please do this at least one (1) month prior to the date.
3) Attend the class “Preparing for Baptism in the Episcopal Church” on the Saturday immediately preceding the Baptism. The class is from 9:00am – 12:00pm and is held in the Hughes Library. Attendance by parents and godparents is mandatory, so please take this into account when making travel plans for out-of-town godparents.
The following form should be filled out and returned to the church office at least 3 (three) weeks prior to Baptism.
If you have any questions, feel free to contact Fr. Proctor at .