Christian baptism is a sacred rite of dedication. For an infant it means that the parents are dedicating their child to God with the premise that with God's help they will seek to raise the child in Christian faith. It is appropriate to have godparents when a child is baptized. A blessing is also a dedication of a child to God without compelling the family to commit to a particular faith. For a person who is old enough to make a decision, baptism is a symbol of the washing away of sins, but also a promise to seek and to serve Christ.
Baptisms or blessings that take place in the Bernice Pauahi Bishop Memorial Chapel/Bishop Memorial Church are conducted for individuals and immediate family who are graduates, staff members, retirees of Kamehameha Schools.
Dates of these ceremonies are scheduled during the school year. Ceremonies are held immediately following regular Sunday morning worship services. When the ceremony is scheduled on a Sunday, those involved with the ceremony are welcomed and encouraged to attend worship services. The regular service is held in the Chapel and begins at 8:30 a.m. Participants in the baptism/blessing who do not attend the morning service should be at the Chapel by 9:15 a.m. Instructions will be given and the ceremony will begin as soon as the regular worship service has concluded.
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