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
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 .
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:
2017 Baptism Dates:
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