Ministers of Northbrae are available upon request. There is no particular set of religious requirements that must be met as far as the church is concerned. Families and individuals from different traditions will have different understandings of its significance. We assume you would not be thinking of baptism unless it had religious importance to you.
You will want to provide the church office with the following information: ~full name of the baptized ~full name of the parents/guardians of the baptized (if applicable) ~city and state of birth ~current address and phone # of baptized or parents of baptized ~names of godparents or of the two witnesses
Baptisms typically take place one half hour after regular Sunday worship service, and is brief and informal. The minister will meet you at the entrance of the Chapel at the appointed time. Please invite all the family and friends you wish. When all people are present, the minister will direct everyone to the front of the Chapel for the baptism.
If the size of the group allows, the minister will ask everyone to stand in a semi-circle behind the parents and godparents/witnesses. Larger groups may wish to be seated so everyone will be able to see. Pictures may be taken in the Chapel. A Certificate of Baptism will be given to you, and a baptismal record will be kept in the church files.
Northbrae believes that the service of baptism is not a magic event, or a lifetime determination of a particular religious direction of the person baptized. It is often an act of parents, expressing their intent to have religion play a part in their family life. It is also a celebration and thanksgiving for the new life of these children, as well as a meaningful declaration of religious commitment for adults seeking baptism.
There is usually a fee to the minister of $125.00 There is often a gift of $50.00 to there church. If you have further questions, please feel free to call the office and speak to the administrator or minister.
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