What is baptism?
Baptism is one of the Sacraments of the Episcopal Church. Holy Baptism is full initiation by water and the Holy Spirit into Christ’s Body, the Church (The Book of Common Prayer, p. 298). The Episcopal Church recognizes as valid any baptism administered with water in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.
Any person who has been baptized can be registered as a baptized member of the Church of St. Jude. If you were not baptized in the Episcopal Church, simply write to the parish office, 3606 Lufberry Avenue, Wantagh, New York 11793, enclose a copy of your baptismal or confirmation certificate, and asked to be registered. If you do not have a certificate, please write with the details of when, where, and in what denomination you were baptized.
Celebration of Baptism
The parish administers the Sacrament of Holy Baptism throughout the year at the principle services on Sunday. However, four days of the year are particularly appropriate to be baptized and include: the Great Vigil of Easter and Easter morning, All Saints’ Day in the fall, the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord in the winter, and the Feast of Pentecost in the early summer.
Preparation for Adult Baptism
Adults who wish to be baptized should contact the Parish Office. We offer ongoing formation opportunities, focused on understanding the Christian experience and practicing the way of Jesus.
Preparation for Infant and Child Baptism
Meeting the Rector or other clergy at St. Jude is required for all parents who bring their children to be baptized at St. Jude.