The rites of Baptism and Confirmation serve as the rites of initiation into Christian community. From the Episcopal Church’s Book of Common Prayer:
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.
— The Book of Common Prayer, p. 298.
What Is Holy Baptism?
Holy Baptism is the sacrament by which God adopts us as God’s children and makes us members of Christ’s Body, the Church, and inheritors of the kingdom of God.
What is Confirmation?
Confirmation is the rite in which we express a mature commitment to Christ, and receive strength from the Holy Spirit through prayer and the laying on of hands by a bishop.
Preparation for Baptism includes some brief conversations between the baptizand (or family, if baby) and a clergyperson about what is involved in the commitment of baptism. Preparation for Confirmation involves a longer course of study and preparation, usually 6-12 weeks and happens typically once a year at Grace Cathedral or during a bishop visitation.
If you are interested in participating in either of these rites or in learning more about them, be in touch with a member of the clergy.