St. Paul’s Baptism Guidelines During COVID Regathering Transition

Once limited physical regathering is allowed inside the church, we will begin to be in conversation with families to schedule and perform the sacrament of Holy Baptism to initiate and welcome our beloved children as the newest members of the Body of Christ at St. Paul’s.

Baptisms will take place during the live-streamed Sunday 10 a.m. worship service in the main sanctuary when safety markers have been reached, with limited attendance, safely distanced and masked. The family of the child/children to be Baptized will be given priority to reserve as many of the available spaces as needed. Please be advised that we will adapt attendance and safety restrictions based on the bishop’s diocesan guidelines and what is safest in our context.

In preparation for the Baptism, one two-hour virtual workshop is required for the parents and godparents of the child/children to be Baptized. This workshop will be scheduled to accommodate the schedules of the parents and godparents.

If you have medical or safety concerns for your child/children or a member of your family that prevents the Baptism from taking place during the Sunday 10:00 a.m. service, please let Rev. Gwynn Crichton (see contact info below) know, and we will accommodate your needs with a smaller and/or outdoor service.

Please contact Reverend Gwynn Crichton by e-mail here or (804) 545-5415 or Director for Children and Families, Linda Wills, by e-mail here or (804) 545-5410 to discuss where we are in the process of holding baptisms during this time of transition.

What is Baptism?

According to The Book of Common Prayer, Baptism is “Full initiation by water and the Holy Spirit into Christ’s body, the Church” (BCP, p. 298). Baptism, in other words, is the Sacrament through which an individual becomes a part of the faith community. This community, the community of faith, is the means by which and through which we are shaped and formed as children of God. It is the community that promises to support us on our journey. In our baptism, we commit ourselves to follow in the footsteps of Jesus, helping to shape a world that is peaceful, compassionate, and respectful.

At St. Paul’s, we baptize both adults and infants in the context of the Sunday morning worship service (See changes related to COVID above).