What is Baptism? There many thoughts about that floating around. So maybe it is important to note that Baptism is the basis of the Christian life. It is the first symbol and sacrament that a person has in their life. Asking for baptism for yourself or for a child or other member of the family means that both you and that other person are going to work at being a Christian person and all that this entails. And please note, Baptism is about you and Jesus Christ: trusting him to be your Saviour, putting your whole trust in his grace and love and learning to serve him as Lord in your life.
The process begins by coming to the parish priest (Rector) and asking for a form. The form asks for the vital information that will be entered into the Parish Register and a certificate will be given so that it can be used as a piece of secondary identification. The parish has services that include baptism at ‘festival’ times of the year – namely Epiphany (Baptism of Jesus), Easter, All Saints Day (the Sunday closest to November 1st) and any other festivals as their might be need.
The preparation is simple but important. Candidates, parents, godparents and sponsors are meant to be in Church for worship on a regular basis. This does not mean every Sunday but let’s say at least three times a month. The purpose of this is straight forward: it is to build a habit of going to Church to honour the vows that are made to God. Also, on the Wednesday night before the Baptism Service, there is a preparation time with the families, that allows for some teaching, questions and a run through of the service itself. It is important that all those who are going to participate in the service, are at this meeting so that everyone knows what is happen on Sunday morning.
It is important moreover, to select people to be godparents and sponsors who are going to be active in the candidate’s life after the Baptism: to make sure that the candidate gets to worship and is learning what is needed to be a faithful, mature follower of the Lord Jesus. If these good folks are meant to be guardians of young children, please make sure that this is made known in your wills. This is a legal matter for the Crown and the courts and cannot be conferred by Baptism.
If there are questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to call the Parish Office (250) 627-1143 with anything you might wish to discuss.