Baptisms and Confirmations

Baptism

“Holy Baptism is full initiation by water and the Holy Spirit into Christ’s Body, the Church.” (Book of Common Prayer, p. 298).

At St. John’s Episcopal Church in Worthington, Ohio, anyone – regardless of age – is welcome to be baptized.

All persons seeking baptism (or the parents of children being presented for baptism) are required to meet with the priest for at least one session (lasting about an hour and a half) for educational purposes. This can be arranged by speaking directly to the priest.

Baptisms are meant to be public events. That is to say, the Christian community is not only a
witness to the baptism and participate in the sacred ceremony, the Christian community also
pledges to support those who are being presented for baptism! Therefore, private baptisms will be done only in emergency situations for pastoral consideration.

Baptisms at St. John’s are done on days assigned by the Episcopal Book of Common Prayer:

Thus, the days for baptism at St. John’s are always:

The Great Vigil of Easter, a Saturday evening in early spring (The night before Easter
Sunday).

Pentecost Sunday, in late spring (or 50 days after Easter Sunday).

The Sunday after All Saints Day, usually early in November.

The Sunday after the Epiphany, in early January.

Feel free to call the parish secretary, Vicky Turner at 614-846-5180, to find out the next date for baptism.

Godparents for children (or sponsors for adults) are highly recommended. For Godparents,
the tradition is for the child being baptized to have two Godparents of the same gender and
one Godparents of the opposite gender. Godparents should be present for the baptism if at all
possible.

Godparents pray for the Godchild and encourage their parents to rear the child in the Christian faith.

 

Confirmation

In the Episcopal Church, and here at St. John’s in Worthington, Ohio, “…those who are baptized at an early age are expected, when they are ready and duly prepared, to make a mature public affirmation of their faith and commitment to the responsibilities of their Baptism and to receive the laying on of hands by the bishop.” (Book of Common Prayer, page 412)

Those persons baptized as adults “…are also expected to make a public affirmation of their
faith and commitment to the responsibilities of their Baptism in the presence of a bishop and to receive the laying on of hands.” (Book of Common Prayer, page 412)

Those who have been confirmed in other Christian traditions, specifically in the Roman Catholic Church and the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America (ELCA) – and a few others – are not required to be re-confirmed by an Episcopal bishop. Rather, they will be “Received” into the Episcopal Church. Please speak to the priest to clarify your situation.

Confirmation usually occurs once each year, and varies depending on the bishop’s schedule.
Confirmation Classes at St. John’s are required for those wishing to be confirmed. Confirmation Classes usually occurs on weekday evenings during the winter and spring.

Call the church office, 614-846-5180, to learn when the next confirmation Classes will be
offered. Teenagers should have completed the 7th grade, at least, before registering for the
Confirmation Classes.

A word worth noting: The tradition of teenagers being required by their parents to take
confirmation classes during middle-school or high-school is quickly fading away. These days, Confirmation Classes are generally filled with adults of all ages.