O God, you prepared your disciples for the coming of the Spirit through the teaching of your Son Jesus Christ: Make the hearts and minds of your servants ready to receive the blessing of the Holy Spirit, that they may be filled with the strength of his presence; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Book of Common Prayer: For those about to be Baptized or renew their Baptismal Covenant
Baptism is a response to God’s love for us. From the first century, the followers of Christ practiced baptism as a primary Sacrament of the Church. Through baptism we are initiated as members of the Body of Christ, and we are assured of God’s grace and forgiveness. In the Episcopal tradition, a person may be baptized at any age. Parents who bring their young children to be baptized make an additional commitment to raise these children in the Christian faith.
- Taking the Plunge: Baptism and Parenting — A thoroughly Episcopal resource for understanding how the sacrament of Baptism shapes the role of a parent and their relationship to their children, God, and the wider community.
- Candle Press publishes charming and accessible liturgical teaching resources for families with young children. Their companion guides and certificates for Baptism are especially engaging.
- Water Come Down! by Walter Wangerin is a beautifully illustrated and lyrical exploration of the gifts of baptism, designed for young children and their families.
Are you interested in learning more about baptism for yourself or your children? Contact your local congregation.