According to the Episcopal Church’s Book of Common Prayer, “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.” Along with Eucharist, it is one of the primary sacraments of the Church.
We are always happy to discuss baptism at St. Stephen’s for infants, children or adults. Baptism is one of the most celebratory parts of our worship services, and we enjoy welcoming all people into the fellowship of Christ. There are some days that are better suited than others for this wonderful occasion, but we can discuss opportunities to fit with you and your family. A short introduction to Baptism is required and this can be arranged by appointment.
For more information about Baptism at St. Stephen’s please email us or call the Church office directly at (973) 376-0688.
“In the course of their Christian development, those baptized at an early age are expected, when they are ready and have been duly prepared, to make a mature and public affirmation of their faith and commitment to the responsibilities of their Baptism and to receive the laying on of hands by the bishop.” – Book of Common Prayer, p. 412
Each year, St. Stephen’s offers a two year program for age eligible youth and adults. The Bishop expects all confirmation youth to be in the 8th grade or higher at the time of confirmation.
The classes are led by the Rector and clergy, and involve instruction and a final project that engages youth to articulate where they see God in the world. Confirmation candidates are expected to be active in service projects,serve as acolytes, ushers or lectors at Sunday services and attend the Diocesan Confirmation Retreat.
Mature adults can also be confirmed, or reaffirmed by the Bishop at Confirmation Services. Those confirmed in other traditions may be received as Episcopalians by the Bishop. Please ask for more details.