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 about 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 are able, 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 to have your child baptized, please contact Fr. Astor at the church office by calling (818) 846-8633 or sending an email to