Saint David’s is a reconciling, affirming, and inclusive Christian community striving through worship, love, and service to welcome all people just as God created you.

No matter your step on the journey or place in the story: our welcome knows no boundaries of sexual orientation, race, ethnicity, culture, gender, economic condition, physical or mental ability, or age.

We believe that God delights in the diversity of creation and so do we!

 

SUNDAY SERVICES – 8 am & 10:30 am (with 9:30 am Sunday School)

Holy Baptism

Heavenly Father, we thank you that by water and the Holy Spirit you have bestowed upon these your servants the forgiveness of sin, and have raised them to the new life of grace. Sustain them, O Lord, in your Holy Spirit. Give them an inquiring and discerning heart, the courage to will and to persevere, a spirit to know and to love you, and the gift of joy and wonder in all your works. Amen.” (Holy Baptism, Book of Common Prayer, 308)

Holy Baptism is one of the two great sacraments given by Christ to the Church (the other being Holy Eucharist). Holy Baptism is the sacrament by which we are fully initiated by water and the Holy Spirit into Christ’s Body, the Church. Through baptism God establishes with the baptized an indissoluble bond, adopting the baptized and making them inheritors inheritors of the Kingdom. Moreover, in baptism we are made sharers in the new life of the Holy Spirit and the forgiveness of sins.

The outward and visible sign of water, which is poured over the baptized person three times in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, points to the inward grace of union with Christ in his death and resurrection, birth into God’s family the Church, and new life in the Holy Spirit.

Baptism is the foundation for all future church participation and ministry. It is a call to discipleship, appropriate for those persons who desire to be active participants in the community of faith. Candidates for Holy Baptism in the Episcopal Church are sponsored by one or more baptized persons (called godparents) who speak on behalf of candidates for baptism who are infants or younger children and cannot speak for themselves.

Following the practice of the early church and Anglican tradition, we baptize adults, children, and infants, believing that God’s love extends to everyone. Because Holy Baptism is the sacrament of entrance into the family of God, it is most proper for the service of Holy Baptism to take place within the context of communal worship, at one of our regularly scheduled Sunday services (either 8:00 am or 10:30 am).

Scheduling a Baptism at Saint David’s.

The Baptism of children whose parents live outside of this parish may only be scheduled at St. David’s with the assurance that the promises and vows of Baptism will be fulfilled through active membership in another parish or community of faith. The Rector is happy to assist families who have some historic ties to St. David’s and who now live in other communities to locate and to join their local Episcopal church.

Parents (and Godparents, if they are available) of children to be baptized at St. David‘s are expected to complete a Baptism class at least two weeks prior to the scheduled date of Baptism. No Baptism will take place at St. David’s without the completion of pre-Baptismal instruction. 

Fitting days for Baptism include Easter (Vigil or Day), Pentecost, All Saints Day (1st Sunday of November), and the Baptism of the Lord (First Sunday after Epiphany). However, baptism is available at any time of the year (except Lent) when those who should be present can be there, when candidates and parents have been prepared, and when the church community can be together to celebrate. 

“This is the meaning of the great sacrament of baptism, which is celebrated among us: all who attain to this grace die thereby to sin—as he himself [Jesus] is said to have died to sin because he died in the flesh (that is, ‘in the likeness of sin’)—and they are thereby alive by being reborn in the baptismal font, just as he rose again from the sepulcher.” (Saint Augustine, 5th c. AD.)

Saint David’s Episcopal Church

145 East Edgewood Drive

Lakeland, Florida  33803

863.686.4143

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