Baptisms and Inquirers

If you are interested in any of the opportunities below or would simply like to speak more to a priest of the Cathedral, please contact pastor@stjohndivine.org or (212) 316-7456.

Baptisms
Baptism is the sacrament by which a person is joined to Christ and becomes a member of the Church. The Catechism of the Episcopal Book of Common Prayer elaborates that, “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.”

Baptism brings with it both the gifts and the obligations of membership in the Church. We at the Cathedral welcome those who feel called to explore this sacrament. Whenever discussion and discernment leads to a person being baptized, it is an event of great joy for us. The exploration alone, no matter what a person may decide, is a rich and holy experience.

In the Episcopal Church, we baptize both adults who have come to have faith in Christ and children whose guardians present them for the sacrament. We believe, with Christians from at least the fourth century, that Baptism creates an eternal bond between the person and God. We do not, therefore, re-baptize those who were previously baptized, whether in the Episcopal Church or in another context. However, we would be delighted to explore with any baptized persons membership in the Episcopal Church.

Inquirers

If you are thinking about making the Cathedral your spiritual home or have been considering adult baptism or Confirmation, we would be happy to talk with you. On Sunday mornings during both the 9 and 11 AM services, we have a welcoming table just on the other side of the ropes. There, a staff person from the Office of the Interim Pastor will be available to connect you with all of the various ministries and opportunities of the Cathedral.

If you would like to stay for a snack and coffee after the 9 AM service or come a bit early before the 11 AM service, you are invited to join with cathedral clergy and staff to learn about opportunities to grow, serve, and learn at the Cathedral.

After Evensong on Sunday nights, we gather in Cathedral House for a dinner and discussion during the season of Lent (beginning in March), to intentionally discuss and prepare for those who are considering baptism or confirmation, but all who are looking for a spiritual home are welcome to drop in and learn more.