Baptism is the sign of new life in Christ and is a rite of acceptance into the community of Christ-followers. Water is blessed and poured over the head of the baptized, in the name of Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Then, the person is “christened” — marked with holy oil to signify they are Christ’s own, newly born into the life of his Church.
From Infants to Adults
When we baptize infants and children, the SJYM community promises to support their parents and sponsors (godparents) in raising and educating their young ones in the faith. When we baptize adults, we promise to support the new member in their continuing growth and learning. That’s why it is important that baptism takes place when the community is gathered. While it is customary to designate three or four Sundays in the church calendar for baptisms, they may also be arranged singly.