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Baptism

THE MEANING OF BAPTISM

Baptism is the sacrament of new birth in Jesus Christ, and new life as a member of the household of God. It includes the symbolic “washing away” of sin, and freedom from sin’s tyranny. It is a symbolic death to the old way of life, and resurrection to new life in Christ. It is offered to sincere believers who want to become members of Christ’s body, and to the children of those believers who are willing to commit to raising their children as Christians.

PREPARING FOR HOLY BAPTISM

Baptism joins each individual believer to Christ and to his church. It involves a commitment to Jesus and to the community of believers (the church). It may involve a change of lifestyle and focus. Therefore it is of vital importance to the believer, their immediate family and the whole Christian community that baptismal candidates are well prepared. For this reason adult baptismal candidates and the families of infant candidates are required to participate in five Baptismal Preparation Classes. These take place on the five Sundays preceding the baptism (see schedule).

The community also takes seriously their responsibility to help new Christians live this new life in Christ. The parish will pray for the candidates during the preparation. The baptismal candidates will also be supported by Parish Sponsors for the year following baptism. The Sponsor’s role is to help the candidates (and their parents) find their place in God’s family and to see that they are equipped to fulfill the promises they make in baptism.

Adult candidates and the parents of infant candidates are asked to give a short testimony to their faith at the service of Baptism. Opportunity will be given during the first four weeks of the preparation classes to reflect on the questions that will be asked so that candidates will be able to prepare their responses.

DATES OF BAPTISMS

Baptisms are scheduled four times per year on:

Easter Vigil (Saturday April 23, 2011)

Preparation classes begin March 20, 2011 (cut-off for registration is February 13, 2011)

Pentecost (Sunday June 12, 2011)

Preparation classes begin May 8, 2011 (cut-off for registration is April 3, 2011)

Feast of Saint Matthew (Sunday September 25, 2011)

Preparation classes begin August 28, 2011 (cut-off for registration is July 31, 2011). This class last only four weeks, with the fourth week being the rehearsal.

All Saints (Sunday November 6, 2011)

Preparation classes begin October 2, 2011 (cut-off for registration is September 4, 2011)

Check the calendar to confirm dates.

BAPTISM PREPARATION CLASSES

Baptism preparation classes usually take place on the five Sunday mornings immediately prior to Sunday of the baptism.

Course Outline:

1st Sunday: “Baptism: The sacrament of Inclusion and Continuity”
Candidates and Instructors are dismissed after the sermon to go to their classes.

2nd Sunday: “Baptized into the Life of Jesus”
Meet for 1 hour after 8:30 service or before 10:15 service.

3rd Sunday: “Discipleship: Bible Study, Fellowship, Worship, and Prayer”
Candidates and Instructors are dismissed after the sermon to go to their classes.

4th Sunday: “Discerning your Gifts”
Meet for 1 hour after 8:30 service or before 10:15 service.

5th Sunday: “Introduction to Parish Sponsors”
Meet at 12:30 p.m. for lunch and rehearsal.

6th Sunday: The Baptism

Coordinators

The Rev. Don Gardner and Linda Seale

For more information call Carolyn Pera (Parish Administrator) at 604.853.6746

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