Initiation into the Christian faith begins in the waters of our baptism, for it is from this space that our common life flows. Because the Episcopal Church has a deep sense of Catholicity alongside an understanding of the Reformation, it is often seen as a “bridge” church and as such, many come through our doors from myriad traditions: Southern Baptist, Quaker, Congregationalist, Lutheran, and Roman Catholic, to name a few.
It is for this reason that the Episcopal Church has several rites of entrance into this branch of the Body of Christ. Baptism is primary among them, but depending upon the tradition that one has experienced, the following rites are regularly celebrated.
- Baptism, a sacramental rite that spiritually cleanses and welcomes new members into the community of Jesus Christ. Adult baptism usually takes place at the Easter Vigil service (the Saturday night before Easter).
- Confirmation, a sacramental rite in which a person who has been baptized into the Christian church is confirmed as a member by the bishop.
- Reception, a ceremony celebrated by the bishop, in which someone who has been confirmed in other Catholic communions is received as a member of the Episcopal church.
- Reaffirmation, a ceremony in which those who have been baptized in other Protestant denominations reaffirm their baptismal vows.
If you would like to learn more about entering into the Christian faith as member of the Episcopal Church, please call or email the parish office.