“Holy Baptism is full initiation by water and the Holy Spirit into Christ’s Body, the Church” (Book of Common Prayer, p. 298).
It is a public declaration to follow the way of Jesus. If you are interested in having your child baptised, you are making the decision to raise your child in the way of Jesus. The bond which God establishes in Baptism is indissoluble, so baptism is only administered once. When you choose to be baptized yourself or to have your child baptized in the Episcopal Church, it means you are choosing to live out the Baptismal Covenant in the context of the Episcopal church community, taking your part in the worship, mission and ministries of a local parish.
Baptism is open to all people, regardless of age or background.
If you are new to the Episcopal Church and have already been baptized in another denomination, you may wish to renew your faith life. If this is the case, you may be Received or Confirmed in the Episcopal Church, rites which we can help you learn about and discern whether they are appropriate for you.
Wherever you come from and whatever your faith background, the Episcopal Church welcomes you!