Preparing for Baptism in the Episcopal Church

Anne E. Kitch

Jul/2015, 56 Pages, SADDLE STITCHED, 8.25 x 10.75

ISBN-13: 9780819231710



• Accessible resource for clergy to give to new parents and new members as they seek baptism; bulk purchase option
• Preparation tool for families in planning a baptism
• Forms and checklists for families/individuals to fill out in preparation for baptism

Parents who are not active church-goers or have no knowledge of The Episcopal Church often return to a church to have their child baptized. Many adults who never had a relationship with a faith community seek baptism when they join a congregation for the first time. As our society becomes more secular, those who enter our churches are neophytes in more ways than in previous generations.

Clergy can give this accessible resource to families who seek to have an infant or child baptized, or to an adult who has not been affiliated previously with a faith tradition and desires to be baptized. Many new parents do not have an understanding of the service of Holy Baptism in The Episcopal Church, what is “required” of them as a parent, or how to prepare their child to receive the sacrament, including what it implies for the child’s future formation and their family’s involvement in living a Christian life.

Read an excerpt here.

For parish clergy to give to parents or new members for use in baptism preparation, new parents, individuals preparing to be baptized, Christian educators, and those who teach baptismal preparation classes.

ANNE E. KITCH is a priest, educator, writer, and speaker whose work is grounded in the conviction that God's grace arrives in the everyday. Kitch currently serves as the rector of St. Luke’s Church in Phillipsburg, New Jersey. The author of The Anglican Family Prayer Book, Taking the Plunge: Baptism and Parenting, Preparing for Baptism in the Episcopal Church, and the popular What We Do in Church series for children, she publishes online meditations at


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