Baptism is one of the seven sacraments of the Church. In Baptism, we are joined to Christ in his death and resurrection and made members of his body the Church. A period of preparation precedes baptism: for adults, this preparation lasts several weeks; for infants and young children, the class meets at 12:30 pm two Sundays prior to the baptism and lasts approximately 45 minutes. At this class, you will learn all about the sacrament itself, have the opportunity to ask questions about the baptismal liturgy and , and learn ways you to incorporate the faith into your family life. Adults are often baptized at the Easter Vigil, a liturgy held on the evening before Easter Day.
Baptisms are scheduled on certain Sundays (and other Holy Days during the Church year) which are designated by the Book of Common Prayer and diocesan policy as appropriate for the celebration of Holy Baptism. A schedule of these baptismal dates is published one year in advance and is listed below. To learn more about this sacrament or to schedule a baptism, please contact Father Tripp Norris and complete a baptismal information form, which can be downloaded through the link below. Forms are also available at the Welcome Table on Sunday mornings.
2016 Baptismal Dates: (all baptisms at 11:15 unless otherwise noted)
- Sunday, January 10
- Sunday, February 7
- Saturday, March 26 (at 8:30 pm)
- Sunday, April 3
- Sunday, May 15
- Sunday, July 3 (at 10:00 am)
- Sunday, August 14
- Sunday, November 6
Scheduling a Baptism
To schedule a baptism, please begin by speaking first with Father Norris and completing the baptismal information form. This form should be completed at least one month in advance of the desired baptismal date so that the banner, certificates, baptismal towel, and other items may be prepared for the candidate. Once we have your completed baptismal information form, we can place you on the parish calendar.
A baptismal class is held for the candidate (and parents) two Sundays prior to the baptismal date, generally. This date may be adjusted from time to time based on holiday schedules. If you cannot attend the class, Father Tripp will be happy to meet with you individually at a time convenient for you. It’s preferable that the class be completed two weeks prior to the baptism.
Adult candidates for baptism require a longer preparation period and that schedule can be discussed with Father Norris. Adult baptisms are especially appropriate for the Easter Vigil (the Saturday before Easter) or at the December Confirmation Mass at the Cathedral in Atlanta (generally the 2nd Sunday afternoon in December).
Godparents must be baptized Christians active in a church community, and it’s helpful if they are from a liturgical church so that they have an understanding of the promises they are making. You can have as many Godparents as you’d like. If they are unable to be present for the baptism, we will give you the Godparent certificates for you to send to them.