…Prepare for Baptism

Baptism, Confirmation, Reception & Renewal of Vows

Baptism is the sacrament of initiation into the Christian faith.  By water and the Spirit we are sealed in baptism and marked as Christ’s own forever.   The Episcopal Church honors baptisms from any Christian Church when it has been done with water and in the Name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

Confirmation in the Episcopal Church is the sacramental rite by which baptized Christians make a mature profession of their faith and claim the Episcopal Church as their denominational home, the Church in which they feel they can best live out this faith that they have chosen.

Reception is the way by which baptized Christians who have already made a mature profession of their faith (in a tradition that understands Confirmation in a way similar to the Episcopal Church’s understanding) may be received into the fellowship of the Episcopal Church.

From time-to-time people who have been baptized and confirmed or received choose to renew their baptismal vows as a way of recommitting themselves to the Christian faith and life after a time of being away or as they begin a new ministry in the Church.  This is called a Renewal of Baptismal Vows.

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