Baptism is the main pathway to membership at St. Bart's In it, we are named and claimed as children of God, who promises to be with us always. We believe this promise is irrevocable. Therefore, you can only be baptized once in the Episcopal Church, and we accept baptisms from any Christian community— regardless of age, denomination, or the amount of water involved!
In child baptism, we celebrate God's unconditional love, present from the beginning. Parents and godparents commit to raising the child in the way of Christ, and the whole community pledges its support. To plan your child's baptism, fill out this form or contact Bailey Regan, Associate for Newcomer Welcome and Engagement at , or by calling the church at 212-378-0222.
Adult and youth baptism is your opportunity to publicly commit to following Christ and participating in the the church. The first step is to schedule a conversation with one of our priests by filling out this form or by contacting the Bailey Regan, Associate for Newcomer Welcome and Engagement at , or by calling the church at 212-378-0222.
The Episcopal Church denominational media team produced this three-part mini-series, Celebrating Baptism, as a resource to learn about the meaning and symbolism behind baptism. The sacrament of baptism is an opportunity for joy, power, and a deep connection with tradition. This series follows the Gregory family as they navigate the process of preparing their young daughter, Anna, for baptism.
Watch as they discover the beautiful reason why we baptize, create lifelong relationships with the community of believers on this journey with them, and connect with the ancient history of God’s presence through this outward sacrament of inner grace.
Our journey in the church formally begins with baptism. Episcopal baptisms include a series of questions and answers called the "baptismal covenant," which offers a basic summary of Christian faith and responsibility. At each baptism, the whole congregation joins in as we remind ourselves again what the church is to be about.
I believe in God, the Father almighty,
creator of heaven and earth;
I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord.
He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit
and born of the Virgin Mary.
He suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, died, and was buried.
He descended to the dead.
On the third day he rose again.
He ascended into heaven,
and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
He will come again to judge the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit,
the holy catholic Church,
the communion of saints,
the forgiveness of sins
the resurrection of the body,
and the life everlasting. Amen.