We thank you, Father, for the water of Baptism. In it we are buried with Christ in his death. By it we share in his resurrection. Through it we are reborn by the Holy Spirit. (BCP p. 306)
Baptism celebrates our rebirth in Christ, as we pass through death with him into the new life of Grace. The whole orientation of our lives is changed in this simple act. As our sinful devotion to self is washed away, we begin to follow Jesus out into the world, to seek and serve the lost. As Christ joins us to himself, we are welcomed into God’s family as brothers and sisters, and made citizens of the heavenly country, our eternal home.
This rite is one of the most ancient in the Christian tradition, and it is one we share with the faithful all over the world, who look back to the events of 2,000 years ago, and look forward to the dawning of God’s Kingdom. Jesus himself showed us the way, when he was baptized by John, in the Jordan River. In this sacrament, the water of Creation is joined to the words of Christ: “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.”
We celebrate our connection to Christians past and present with the use of our historic Baptismal Font, in use for over 500 years. And in the summer, we baptize in the waters at Sandy Beach!
At St. Stephen’s, we baptize both children and adults. We do all baptisms in the context of our Sunday morning worships services. We invite those being baptized (or their parents in the case of infant baptism) to meet with the clergy ahead of time to learn more about what baptism means. Please download the FAQ below for more information about Baptism. To schedule a Baptism, download the “Application for Baptism” below, send it in, and call the church office at (781) 383-1083 to confirm.