Baptism at St. Gabriel’s

In the Episcopal tradition, we view baptism as the beginning of a new life in a faith community. Baptism is a sacrament, which means that it is a physical act that makes us aware of a truth that is not immediately self-evident. That truth is that God loves us with a love that is unmerited and unconditional.

People are welcome to be baptized at St. Gabriel’s at any age. When infants are baptized, the parents and godparents (or sponsors) offer the baptismal promises on behalf of the child. When older children or adults are baptized, they speak for themselves the promises to follow Jesus as their Lord, with the support of their godparents or sponsors.

A few notes about baptism services:

  • Since a baptism is a welcome into a community, we encourage people to be baptized during a regular worship service on a Saturday evening or Sunday morning. If this is not possible, private baptisms may be planned.

  • There are four dates during the year when baptisms regularly happen (the dates change depending on the year): mid-January, Easter, early June, and early November. We encourage candidates to be baptized during these times of the year, if possible.

  • There is no fee for baptism services.

If you would like to find out more about baptism or would like to be baptized, please call the St. Gabriel’s church office (610-385-3144) to schedule a meeting with our priest.  During the meeting, you will discuss the meaning of baptism and plan the service itself.

We look forward to celebrating with you this important step of your faith journey!