St. Andrew's Church, Endicott

A worshiping community in the Anglican tradition located in Endicott, NY

Why Baptize?

Does it have a place in todays world?

What is Holy Baptism?

All Christian churches have a form of baptism.

In the Anglican understanding, Holy Baptism is the sacrament by which God adopts us as his children and makes us members of Christ’s Body, the Church, and inheritors of the kingdom of God.

What is a sacrament?
For us, sacraments are outward and visible signs of inward and spiritual grace, given by Christ as sure and certain means by which we receive that grace.

What is grace?
We understand grace to be God’s favor towards us, unearned and undeserved. By grace, God forgives our sins, enlightens our minds, stirs our hearts, and strengthens our wills.

What is the outward and visible sign in Baptism?
The outward and visible sign in Baptism is water, in which the person is baptized in the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.

What is the inward and spiritual grace in Baptism?
The inward and spiritual grace in Baptism is union with Christ in his death and resurrection, birth into Gods family the Church, forgiveness of sins, and new life in the Holy Spirit.

What is required of us at Baptism?
It is required that we renounce Satan, repent of our sins, and accept Jesus as our Lord and Savior.

Why are children Baptized?

Baptism preserves each child under God’s grace while they attain the understanding to confirm their own desire to renounce Satan, repent, and accept Jesus as their Savior and Lord.

Anglicans baptize children so that they can share citizenship in the Covenant, membership in Christ, and redemption by God. The people of St. Andrew’s will promise before God to support your child in the faith.

If I was Baptized before, do I need to be Baptized again to be a part of your church?
If you were Baptized with water and in the Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit (or with similar words and the same intent), then you were Baptized into the Body of Christ, and are accepted as such, as surely as if you had been Baptized in St. Andrew’s or another Anglican church.

When can my child or I be Baptized?
Although there are certain times that are traditional for baptism (Easter being the biggest one), a baptism can be arranged for any date that is right for you and your family.

Who can I talk to at St. Andrew’s about Baptism?
You will want to speak to our pastor, Tony Seel. He will be happy to discuss the intent, preparation, and sacrament of Baptism for you or your child.