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BAPTISM FOR INFANTS AND YOUNG CHILDREN

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Parent's Preparation Program for the Baptism of Infants and Young Children

For further information about adult and youth baptism, please contact our Rector, Father Ellsworth, at fr.ellsworth@ststephenschurch.org


Infant baptisms illustrate the excitement of new life. Our children represent the infinite possibilities of the future. Yet infant baptisms are not really about babies or hope. The central focus of infant baptism is parents and their faith. The best thing we as Christian parents can do for our children is to nurture our faith. A parent who models a living, growing faith gives a great gift to his or her child.

Whether you are expecting a baby, or already in the midst of parenthood, it is never too early to begin planning your participation in our Baptism preparation program. Preparation begins by contacting the Rector, Father Ellsworth at fr.ellsworth@ststephenschurch.org or (415) 435-4501 Ext. 11 for more information, and to schedule baptism.


Frequently Asked Questions:
Holy Baptism


Q. What is Holy Baptism?
A. Holy Baptism is the sacrament by which God adopts us as his children and makes us members of Christ's Body, the Church,
and inheritors of the kingdom of God.

Q. What is required of us at Baptism?
A. It is required that we renounce Satan, repent of our sins, and accept Jesus as our Lord and Savior.

Q. Why then are infants baptized?
A. Infants are baptized so that they can share citizenship in the Covenant, membership in Christ, and redemption by God.

Q. How are the promises for infants made and carried out?
A. Promises are made for them by their parents and sponsors, who guarantee that the infants will be brought up within the Church,
to know Christ and be able to follow him.
(see Catechism: Book of Common Prayer, 858-859.)

Q: What are the promises that parents, sponsors, and godparents are asked to make for younger children and Infants?
A: There are two main commitments parents and other adults make on behalf of their children at baptism:
(1) Will you be responsible for making certain that the child you present is brought up in the Christian faith and life?
Parents and Godparents respond I will, with God's help.
(2) Will you by your prayers and witness help this child to grow into the full stature of Christ?
Parents and Godparents respond: I will, with God's help.

(See Holy Baptism: Book of Common Prayer, 302.)