We believe that in Holy Baptism, we celebrate God’s knowledge and love of every child, from the beginning of time and forever. We celebrate this sacrament on the traditional Sunday feasts designated in The Book of Common Prayer (the Baptism of Jesus, in January; Easter Eve, in spring; Pentecost, in early summer; and All Saints’, in November); the Last Sunday of Epiphany, in late winter; our “High School Senior” Sunday in May; the Sunday nearest the Fourth of July holiday; the first Sunday of August; and the Sunday of Labor Day weekend. Please note that the constraints of space customarily limit the number of baptisms to six, per Sunday.
We joyfully welcome adults and older children for baptism, not only on designated baptismal dates, but on Sundays of Confirmation, which we share with a visiting bishop twice each year. These older baptismal candidates will be prepared in coordination with the parish’s clergy.
Requirements for Holy Baptism at Good Shepherd:
To have a child baptized at Good Shepherd, the parents must be one of the following:
- Current Members of Good Shepherd
- Baptized as a child at Good Shepherd, with a standing familial connection with the parish (one or both parents are still active members)
- In the process of joining Good Shepherd
In addition to the above, parents and godparents must attend the Baptism preparation class held the day before.