Baptism and “Thanksgiving for the Birth or Adoption of an Infant or Child” at St. Martin’s

Baptism at the Font_Young Boy is baptized, standing, at the white marble font by Rev. Jarrett Kerbel_Photo 2018.06.10_Natalee Hill

Baptism is the free gift of God’s unbreakable bond of love.

Baptism is our gateway into the Body of Christ, the worshipping and serving community called “Church.”

Baptism is our initiation into the mysteries of God’s saving work for all creation.

Baptism is our response to God’s free gift of love. Our response comes in the form of vows; vows to live our lives respecting and enhancing life before God.

For Adults and Teenagers:

When a person who is old enough to consent to baptism is interested in the sacrament, we begin with a conversation with the clergy. Instruction will follow in either a tutorial, small group, or classroom setting. The baptism service beginning on page 299 of the Book of Common Prayer will provide the structure of the preparation. For this age group, baptism is a confession of faith both as belief and trust in the God revealed in Jesus Christ.

For Children: Baptism or Blessing?

The birth of a child is a cause for celebration! All families are welcome to explore the possibility of baptism for their children at St. Martin’s. The process begins with a conversation with the clergy and instruction for the parents. Children who are 3 years old or older also will receive age-appropriate preparation for baptism.

Adult family members consent to the baptism for the child, and take vows on the child’s behalf. During baptismal preparation we will want to know if the family sincerely intends to follow through on the vows they make. Signs of sincerity include attendance at worship and participation in the life of the church with prayers, gifts, and service.

Sometimes a family is not ready to make the commitment that comes with baptism. In that case, we are very pleased to offer a service of blessing called “A Service of Thanksgiving for the Birth or Adoption of a Child” during regular Sunday worship. The sacrament of baptism will always remain an option for the child who has been blessed, when the time is right.

Standard Baptismal Dates*

All Saints’ Sunday - Sunday of, or immediately following, November 1
Baptism of the Lord - Sunday after the Epiphany - usually the second Sunday in January
Easter Vigil 8:00 p.m. service (best for youth or adults) - Saturday of Holy Week
Second Sunday of Easter - Sunday immediately following Easter Sunday
Pentecost - Sunday in late May or early June, 7 weeks after Easter Sunday

*other dates are open and may be arranged with the clergy.

Sacraments for Adults: Baptism, Confirmation, Reception

Are you an adolescent or adult member of St. Martin’s who was never baptized? Please see the clergy to set up baptismal preparation sessions if you are interested in receiving this rite of initiation.

Perhaps you were baptized as a child but never confirmed? The Rite of Confirmation is your public declaration of faith in Jesus Christ and your commitment to live your life in His body, the church. The clergy are always ready to set up classes to prepare adults for confirmation.

Maybe you were baptized and confirmed already in another church tradition and now you want to affirm your commitment to the Episcopal branch of the Jesus movement? The Rite of Reception is offered whenever a bishop visits. Please see the clergy if you would like to be received formally into the Episcopal Church.

Contact a Member of the Clergy
The Rev. Jarrett Kerbel, Rector - .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or x101
The Rev. Anne Thatcher, Associate Rector - .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or x105

Regular Sunday Schedule

8:00 a.m. Holy Eucharist
9:15 a.m. worship.together (Eucharist for preschool families)
9:15 a.m. Parish Forum & Christian Education (Kairos)
10:30 a.m. Choral Eucharist

Other Days

Morning prayer is offered at 7:30 a.m. weekdays, in the Mary Chapel.

Silent morning meditation is offered at 8:15 a.m. weekdays, in the Mary Chapel.

Mid-week Eucharist is offered at 12:15 p.m. Wednesdays, in the Mary Chapel.

Compline is offered at 7:00 p.m. on 2nd & 4th Wednesdays, in the Church.

Choral Evensong is offered at 5:00 p.m. on 1st Sundays, Oct.-June, in the Church.

We would love to have you join us.


This Episcopal church is located in the heart of the historic neighborhood of Chestnut Hill, five blocks west of Germantown Avenue at the corner of St. Martin’s Lane and West Willow Grove Avenue.

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