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Holy Baptism is offered for adults, infants and children during services on the following dates:
January 6, 2017
Feast of the Epiphany/Bishop’s Visit 6:00 p.m.
January 8, 2017
Feast of the Baptism of our Lord
April 16, 2017
The Easter Vigil 6:00 a.m. sunrise service
April 23, 2017
The Sunday following Easter
June 4, 2017
The Sunday of Pentecost
August 6, 2017
The Feast of the Transfiguration of our Lord
November 5, 2017
All Saints' Sunday
Becoming a Member
How do I Become a member?
There are two answers to this question. First, if you want to become a member of Epiphany, you can do so by being an active participant in the life of this community. If you are a member of another Episcopal church or another faith community and have been baptized, fill out this transfer request form and request a letter of transfer from the parish office.
To become a member of the Episcopal Church, you must either be baptized on record in an Episcopal Church, Confirmed in the Episcopal Church or Received in the Episcopal Church. Every year the clergy staff holds a class that can prepare you for becoming an Episcopalian. These classes are also useful simply to learn more about Epiphany and our Episcopal Tradition.
In the Episcopal tradition Holy Baptism is a rite of initiation into the life of the church, as well as the principal sacrament that the church celebrates to remind us that we are all “Christ’s own forever” (The Book of Common Prayer [BCP] page 308).
What is a sacrament? A sacrament is an outward visible sign of an inward and spiritual grace (BCP 857).
It is important to note that this definition of sacrament is just a starting point in our understanding of the many ways that God uses the material world, including our own bodies and lives, to reach out to us. (BCP 861).
How old do I have to be in order to get baptized? In the Episcopal Church, a person of any age is invited to be baptized. Baptism is not based on age or intellectual understanding.
Are there certain days that the church does Baptism? Yes. Baptism is the sacrament that the church celebrates on four of the Principal Feast Days during the church year, Easter, Pentecost, All Saints’, and the Baptism of our Lord Jesus Christ. Baptism can also take place on the Transfiguration and during the Visitation of the Bishop. Our focus of baptizing on these days helps remind the community as well as the baptized that we all belong to a long and venerable tradition of celebrating that we are all “Christ’s own forever.”
What do I need to do to be baptized? First you should contact one of the priests at the church and arrange a time to meet in order to discuss your interest in baptism. We ask that parents and godparents of children under 12 attend a baptism seminar the Saturday before the baptism.
Adults will need to design a program of study and preparation with the clergy of the parish. This season of preparation should include a time to reflect on your spiritual journey, your images of God, and your commitment to and understanding of the role of the church in your life. Here is the Baptism Information Form if you'd like to go ahead and sign up your child for an upcoming date.
When can I receive communion? Ironically, this question is greatly debated in the church particularly as it relates to baptism. Our tradition teaches that only the baptized should be admitted to communion. However, at the Church of the Epiphany we believe that baptism is not a requirement to receive. We want to affirm our belief that all are welcome at God’s table—baptized or not! We celebrate an Open Table.
What is the custom for choosing Godparents? Though the medieval custom of two godparents of the same sex and one of the opposite is a long-standing tradition in the Episcopal Church, any number of godparents may be chosen. Here is a copy of the certificate they will receive which includes suggestions for godparents.Godparents should be people that will help yoru child find their way in their faith journey.
The Book of Common Prayer teaches that, “Confirmation is the rite in which we express a mature commitment to Christ, and receive strength from the Holy Spirit through prayer and the laying on of hands by a bishop.” Confirmation is an adult affirmation of baptismal vows. The service of confirmation is done at the time of the Bishop’s visitation or periodically at the Cathedral of St. Philip.
At Epiphany, youth are normally confirmed around the age of sixteen. Through confirmation, one reaffirms the baptismal vows that their parents made on their behalf when they were baptized. Youth and adults who wish to be confirmed are required to attend a confirmations class. Adults who are baptized by the bishop are considered to be both baptized and confirmed at the same time. Please contact the church office if you are interested in attending confirmation classes.
The service of reception is for those who have been both baptized and confirmed in another Christian denomination recognized by the Episcopal Church, but who wish to become Episcopalians. These persons would be “received” into the Episcopal Church at the Bishop’s visitation and are required to attend our annual confirmation classes.
Reaffirmation of Baptismal Vows
Reaffirmation is for those persons who have already been confirmed, but who wish, for whatever reason, to reaffirm their baptismal vows. These persons are required to attend our annual Iconfirmation classes and would reaffirm their vows at the Bishop’s visitation.