The Sacrament of Baptism at Emmanuel Church

Thank you for your interest in the Sacrament of Holy Baptism at St. Emmanuel Church.  To help prepare you for making your decision to be joined with Christ and his Church through Baptism, we urge you to read this customary, and then talk to the Priest in Charge.

Holy Baptism is full initiation by water and the Holy Spirit into Christ’s Body the Church. The bond which God establishes in Baptism is indissoluble.

Baptism is the way in which the Church receives people into the family of God so that by the power of the Holy Spirit we are enabled to live to life in a new way and with new meaning. At the time of baptism, the person is adopted by God into God’s family and one is formally received as a full member of

  • The Holy Catholic Church
  • The Anglican Communion
  • The Episcopal Church in the USA
  • The Episcopal Diocese of Long Island
  • You become a member of this local faith community, Emmanuel Church

Your desire to be baptized, or have your children baptized, at Emmanuel means that you are ready to be joined with Christ and his Church and to become a full and active member in the life of Emmanuel Church. At Emmanuel it is our greatest hope that you will join with us at in our regular worship, prayers, and fellowship. If you are not ready or able to become a member of Emmanuel we can help you locate a priest and a parish church near your present dwelling.

If you feel you would like to join our community through baptism, please attend a Sunday service and speak with the priest in charge.  Services are every Sunday at 8am and 10am.  Baptisms will not be scheduled over the phone.

When Does Baptism Take Place?

Because baptism is the way a person becomes part of the faith community, the witness and welcome of the congregation is an essential part of the service. Normally baptism is administered during our regular Sunday 10am Eucharist or other major feast days of the church, when the congregation is assembled for worship. The members of Emmanuel commit themselves to support and care for the newly baptized persons and to help them grow in faith.

Holy Baptism is appropriately administered within the Eucharist as the chief service on a Sunday or other feast days. 

Holy Baptism is especially appropriate at

  • The Easter Vigil
  • The Day of Pentecost
  • All Saints’ Day or the Sunday after All Saints’ Day
  • The Feast of the Baptism of our Lord (or the 1st Sunday after the Epiphany).

We recommended that, as far as possible, baptisms are reserved for these occasions or when a bishop is present, thought we will try to make exceptions for pastoral considerations.  We try to keep our Baptisms close to these important feast days. Normally baptisms are not scheduled in seasons of Lent, or Advent. Please talk to the Priest in Charge about your dates first.

Godparents or Sponsors

Each candidate for Holy Baptism is to be sponsored by one or more baptized persons.

Sponsors of adults and older children present their candidates and thereby signify their endorsement of the candidates and their intention to support them by prayer and example in their Christian life. Sponsors of infants, commonly called godparents, present their candidates, make promises in their own names, and also take vows on behalf of their candidates.

It is fitting that parents be included among the godparents of their own children. Parents and godparents are to be instructed in the meaning of Baptism, in their duties to help the new Christians grow in the knowledge and love of God, and in their responsibilities as members of his Church.

An old custom is that godparents will also present their godchildren before the Bishop at the rites of Confirmation at age 16.

Emmanuel Episcopal Church
320 Great River Rd.
Great River, NY 11739
ph: 631-581-3964


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