"Holy Baptism is full initiation by water and the Holy Spirit into Christ's Body, the Church" (Book of Common Prayer, pg. 298).
In the waters of baptism, we are lovingly adopted by God into God's family, which we call the Church, and given God's own life to share and reminded that nothing can separate us from God's love in Christ.
Baptism is available to everyone any age at St. Mary's. Baptism can be scheduled during regularly scheduled Sunday worship services throughout the year, including our summer Beach Worship services.
You do not need to be a member of St. Mary's to be baptized here or to have your children baptized. Meeting with our priest can be arranged to prepare you or your children for Baptism. Please call the church office 609-368-5922 to make an appointment.
More details from The Episcopal Church. Baptism is full initiation by water and the Holy Spirit into Christ's Body, the church. God establishes an indissoluble bond with each person in baptism. God adopts us, making us members of the church and inheritors of the Kingdom of God. In baptism we are made sharers in the new life of the Holy Spirit and the forgiveness of sins. Baptism is the foundation for all future church participation and ministry. Each candidate for baptism in the Episcopal Church is to be sponsored by one or more baptized persons. Sponsors (godparents) speak on behalf of candidates for baptism who are infants or younger children and cannot speak for themselves at the Presentation and Examination of the Candidates. During the baptismal rite the members of the congregation promise to do all they can to support the candidates for baptism in their life in Christ. They join with the candidates by renewing the baptismal covenant. The water of baptism may be administered by immersion or pouring. Candidates are baptized "in the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit," and then marked on the forehead with the sign of the cross. Chrism may be used for this marking. The newly baptized is "sealed by the Holy Spirit in Baptism and marked as Christ's own for ever." When the baptism is completed, the celebrant and congregation welcome the newly administered baptized. The Catechism notes that "Infants are baptized so that they can share citizenship in the Covenant, membership in Christ, and redeption by God." The baptismal promises are made for infants by their parents or sponsors, "who guarantee that the infants will be brought up within the Church, to know Christ and be able to follow him".