What is Baptism?
Christian Baptism is a sacrament, an outward and visible sign of an inward and spiritual grace. As the word sacrament implies, it is a holy and revered act performed by the believer in Jesus Christ by which they give testimony of their personal surrender to Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. It is an outward sign (water and witness) of an inward relationship by which, through repentance of sins, acceptance of Jesus as our Lord and our Savior, we are restored to our right relationship with our God, forgiven of our sins and adopted as sons and daughters of God forever. Through baptism we do what we can do and God does what only He can do.
What are our Baptism requirements?
A person wishing to be baptized will attend a two-hour baptism preparation class prior to the date of the baptism. During this class we will discuss the Biblical nature of baptism so that everyone understands what is about to take place. If an infant or child is to be baptized, the parents and godparents of the child would attend the baptism preparation class. The class will be followed with a meal with our Rector, Fr. Astor.
How do I schedule a Baptism?
If you would like to be baptized or you’d like to have your child baptized please contact Fr. Astor at the church office 818-846-8633 or FrAstor@stdavidsanglican.org.
How are Godparents chosen?
Since the godparents will not only be making solemn vows on behalf of his or her godchild, but also promises of their own, it is recommended that the godparents be either relatives or very close friends of the parents. This will enable the godparents to be in touch with their godchild more often than mere acquaintances, and thus the promises and vows will more likely be kept. The godparents are expected to be baptized and practicing Christians who can assist parents in their concern for the religious development of the new Christian.
How many Godparents should be chosen?
The number of the godparents should usually be one godmother and one godfather (not necessarily husband and wife). For the baptism of a girl, an additional godmother may be used and in the case of a boy, an additional godfather may be used. If any more than this should be desired, the parents should consult with the Rector.
Who is a Sponsor?
In the baptism of an adult the sponsors present their candidate and thereby signify their endorsement and their intention to support him or her by prayers and example in their Christian life.
Can a private Baptism be arranged?
If a private baptism is, for whatever reason, desired, this can also be arranged with the Rector.
Is there any cost for a Baptism?
It is not the policy of Saint David’s to charge a fee for celebrating any of the Holy Sacraments. The Church, however, does incur certain expenses which are usually covered by the generous donations of its members. Any donations to be made should be made payable to Saint David’s Church. This is simply a thanksgiving offering and in no way does it represent a charge for the Sacrament of Baptism.
What is Confirmation?
The Anglican Church requires a public and personal profession of the Faith from every adult member who believes in Jesus Christ. Confirmation or Reception by a Bishop is its liturgical expression. Confirmation is clearly grounded in Scripture: the Apostles prayed for, and laid their hands on those who had already been baptized (2 timothy 1:6-7; acts 8:14-17; 19:6).
In Confirmation, through the Bishop’s laying on of hands and prayer for daily increase of the gifts of the Holy Spirit, God strengthens the believer for Christian life in the service of Christ and his kingdom. Grace is God’s gift, and we pray that he will pour out his Holy Spirit on those who have already been made his children by adoption and grace in Baptism.
At the direction of the Bishop, and after public reaffirmation of their baptismal promises, those having made adult professions of faith in other Christian traditions (including those confirmed in other traditions) are received into the Anglican Church with prayer and the laying on of hands by a Bishop.
Maturity and Mission
At its most basic, Confirmation refers to the rite in which, after a believer has been baptized, they make a mature commitment to the faith, and receive an increased gifting of the Holy Spirit through the bishop’s prayer, laying on of hands, and anointing. As the Catechism puts it beautifully. When asked, “What grace does God give you in confirmation?” the response is, “In confirmation, God strengthens the work of the Holy Spirit in me for his daily increase in my Christian life and sends me out on mission to fulfil my Christian vocation.
How can I be Confirmed or Received?
If you are interested in this rite of faith, we invite you to contact Fr. Astor at your earliest convenience: the church office 818-846-8633 or FrAstor@stdavidsanglican.org.
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