About the Sacrament
Baptism is regeneration in Christ and admission to new life in his Church. The Episcopal Church understands that baptism confers full membership in the Church, including participation in Holy Communion. Though baptism is an offering and celebration of the individual, it is supremely an event of the community. There is no such thing as a private baptism; candidates are sponsored by parents and godparents—or in the case of an adult, presented by a beloved friend or family member—and are surrounded and affirmed by the congregation. Accordingly, all baptisms take place during public worship.
At Saint Michael and All Angels, all candidates for baptism, along with their sponsors (including parents and godparents), are required to attend formation classes before they are eligible to receive baptism. The purpose of these classes is to help candidates and their sponsors become familiar with the meaning of baptism, the commitments and responsibilities associated with baptism, and the way baptism informs the life of faith. Candidates will not be eligible to receive baptism until both they and their sponsors have completed these classes (or have received similar instruction at another Episcopal congregation).
Upcoming Baptismal Dates
October 3, 2021 – Reserved for those who have already received Baptismal instruction
November 7, 2021 – 9 am Church, 11 am Parish Hall
Preparation classes: 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 23, and Saturday, October 30 (both sessions required)
January 9, 2022 – 9 am Church, 11 am Parish Hall
Preparation classes: 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, January 8
April 16, 2022 – Holy Saturday, time and location TBD
June 5, 2022 – 9 am Church, 11 am Parish Hall
Preparation classes: TBD
For more information please contact Dianne Boyd at 214-363-5471, ext. 255 or [email protected].