A New Baptismal Font

To complete our sacred space for future generations on our 30th anniversary

A 10-member liturgical arts committee, led by artist Cheryl Smith, spent eight months discussing the vision for a new font and researching designers, materials, and costs. They started by discussing the functional and spiritual needs of the baptismal font, and through research found a foundry that aligned with Good Samaritan’s needs and evoked the deep spiritual meaning of the sacrament. The end result was this vision for a custom-made wood and bronze font.

 

The Design

The features include:
  • a hidden drainage spout in the wood base for easy cleaning
  • hidden retractable wheels in the base for mobility
  • 31 inches high to match the height of the altar and allow accessibility for children and adults in wheelchairs
  • a separate footstool that will increase accessibility even further
  • 28-inch diameter bowl to allow more people to gather around during a baptism
  • cherry wood stained to match the ambo, altar, and credence table
  • mosaic elements in the base will use the same glass as the reredos
The Liturgical Arts Committee made this recommendation to the Vestry, and it was accepted and approved.
 

Consecration and Baptisms on November 7

Our bishop, The Right Rev. Greg Rickel, will be at Good Samaritan on Saturday, November 7, at 2:00 pm to consecrate the new baptismal font, administer the rite of Confirmation, Reception, and Renewal of Baptismal Vows, and baptize those desiring initiation into the Christian faith. A preparation class will be held in September and October, with registration beginning on September 1. If you desire baptism, confirmation, reception, want to renew your baptismal vows, or have questions, contact Fr. Steve.

Honoring the Past, Defining Our Future

The tradition of creating art to aid in the worship of God stretches all the way back to Moses and the Hebrew people when they constructed a portable house of worship in the wilderness. Scripture tells us that God gave special abilities to craftsmen and artists who created sacred art in fabric, precious metals, and wood. Their work was meant to point the people to the beauty and goodness of God and God’s creation. Even though the Hebrew people worshiped “out of a suitcase” for several hundred years, the portable worship space reflected what the psalmist called “the beauty of holiness.”
 
Our parish began worshiping in a similar fashion, using temporary facilities for the first decade of our parish’s life. For years parishioners and staff packed liturgical and worship supplies in their car, unloading and setting them up each Sunday—just like the Hebrew people! In 2000, the parish moved into our current worship space. Over the years, an altar, chairs, and altar furniture were purchased, and the reredos and the Stations of the Cross were created and installed. A beautiful, functional, and permanent space has been created for the worship of God.
 
But there remains one critical piece of our liturgical infrastucture to complete our vision of a permanent worship space: the baptismal font. The current font configuration is a cracked garden pot in which sits a bird bath. As we approach our 30th anniversary and our 20th year in the building, it is a good time to round out our permanent worship space. The new baptismal font reflects the dignity and sacred place of baptism in our tradition, and the value we place on the visual arts. The installation of a permanent font says to our community: “We are here to stay—to serve, proclaim the gospel, and baptize those who come to faith in Christ.”