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 must one do in order to be baptized at St. David’s?
The policy of St. David’s is that the person to be baptized attends one of our Discipleship 101 courses held on Sundays and a two-hour baptism preparation class on the Saturday 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 to be baptized attend a two-hour baptism preparation class.
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 does one choose godparents?
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 are to be used?
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.
What fees does St. David’s charge for baptisms?
It is not the policy of St. 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 St. David’s Church. This is simply a thanksgiving offering and in no way does it represent a charge for the Sacrament of Baptism.