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In the Gospel, Jesus commanded Christians to do two things in establishing and maintaining the Church: Holy Baptism and Holy Communion. These two pivotal acts of Christian identity are what we Episcopalians call “sacraments.” The word “sacrament” simply means “the outward and visible sign of an inward and spiritual grace” (Book of Common Prayer, p 857). Just as circumcision was the outward and visible sign of the Old Covenant, so are the water of Baptism and the bread and wine of Communion the outward signs or symbols that mark our union with Christ in the New Covenant and are signs of grace from the generous heart of God.

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. Baptism has been a foundation for the Christian life since Christianity first began and it has been a pivotal event in the lives of families and individuals at St. John the Divine for over 75 years.

New Baptism Classes and Celebrations

In our Book of Common Prayer it is suggested that baptisms are most appropriately conducted on four special feast days during the year. These are " … at the Easter Vigil, on the Day of Pentecost, on All Saints' Day or the Sunday after All Saints' Day, and on the Feast of the Baptism of our Lord (the First Sunday after the Epiphany) and it is recommended that, as far as possible, Baptisms be reserved for these occasions or when a bishop is present." (BCP, p 312).

In an effort to support the richness of our liturgical heritage, we have determined it is important to honor this recommendation, and beginning in January 2016 will conduct baptisms at Sunday worship services on, or near, these four feast days. In addition to these Sunday services, we also will offer special baptism services on five Saturdays during the year. Additionally, baptism classes will be offered several times in 2016 to help families prepare for this special day. These nine baptismal dates will give all families and individuals a broad choice of services to plan in advance a day that will best fit their schedules.

For more information, and to sign up for classes and Baptisms, please contact Sally Lehmberg, 713-354-2220 or .

Dates for 2017

Baptism classes will be held on Sundays at 10:00 am in Room 210.
Saturday Baptisms will be held in the chapel in the morning, except the April 15 Easter Vigil.
Sunday Baptisms will be at the 11:00 am Church / HLC service.

2016 Baptism Classes:

February 12
April 2
May 21
June 18
August 6
October 22
December 18

2017 Baptism Dates:

February 25
April 15
April 16 
May 27
June 4
July 1
August 19
November 5
November 25