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. Preparing for Baptism in the Episcopal Church is an accessible resource for clergy to give to new parents or new members as they seek baptism. It is an excellent preparation tool for families in planning a baptism and includes forms and checklists for families/individuals to fill out in preparation for baptism.
Anne E. Kitch is the Canon to the Ordinary and Canon for Formation in the Christian Faith in the Episcopal Diocese of Bethlehem. She is a well-known and respected author of numerous books, including Taking the Plunge: Baptism and Parenting, What We Do in Church, What We Do in Lent, What We Do in Advent, Water of Baptism/Water of Life, Bless This Day, and The Anglican Family Prayer Book. She lives in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.