“Holy Baptism is full initiation by water and the Holy Spirit into Christ’s Body the Church. The bond which God establishes in Baptism is indissoluble” (Book of Common Prayer, p. 298).
Baptism is a foundational and ancient sacrament of the Christian tradition. We celebrate it to welcome new members not only into our church community but into the larger family of Christ. At Trinity we baptize people of all ages who have not been previously baptized. We recognize baptisms done through other Christian traditions.
There are four days a year on which it is especially appropriate to celebrate baptism: the Sunday After Epiphany (early January); the Easter Vigil (the Saturday night before Easter); Pentecost (in late May/early June);
and the Sunday after All Saints Day (first Sunday after November 1). We are happy to celebrate baptism on other Sundays as well, as long as they are not during the seasons of Lent (the six weeks leading up to the Easter Vigil and Easter Day) or Advent (the four weeks preceding Christmas).
We encourage preparation of both adults seeking baptism and for parents
seeking baptism for their children. To learn more, or to schedule a baptism,
please contact our Clergy.
Confirmation is a rite where those who have already been baptized into the Christian faith are confirmed by a Bishop. For those baptized as infants or children, Confirmation is an opportunity to claim for themselves the baptismal promises made on their behalf by parents and godparents. For those baptized as adults, Confirmation is an opportunity to make a formal commitment before a Bishop to living out one's Christian life in the fellowship of The Episcopal Church.
Preparation classes for Confirmation are occasionally offered by the clergy. Adults who are interested in confirmation should contact Rev. Dr. Rob Voyle.
Confirmation is offered annually at Grace Cathedral in San Francisco, and is also offered when the Bishop of California makes a visitation to Trinity, which happens every two or three years.