This is full initiation by water and the Holy Spirit into Christ's Body, the church.
God establishes an indissoluble bond with each person in baptism. God adopts us, making us members of the church and inheritors of the Kingdom of God (The Book of Common Prayer BCP, pp. 298, 858). In baptism we are made sharers in the new life of the Holy Spirit and the forgiveness of sins.
Baptism is the foundation for all future church participation and ministry.
During the baptismal rite the members of the congregation promise to do all they can to support the candidates for baptism in their life in Christ. They join with the candidates by renewing the baptismal covenant. The water of baptism may be administered by immersion or affusin (pouring) (BCP, p. 307).
Candidates are baptized "in the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit," and then marked on the forehead with the sign of the cross. Chrism (oil of anointing) may be used for this marking. The newly baptized is "sealed by the Holy Spirit in Baptism and marked as Christ's own for ever."
If you are interested in being baptized or having someone baptized, please contact the parish office:
207-354-8734 or email us here
Usually, Baptisms are performed at the Sunday worship, though exceptions can be made in light of challenging schedules. We are also open to celebrating baptisms in other locations if needed.
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