Baptism is a physical, ritual action, mandated by Jesus, through which God acts to nourish, sustain, comfort, challenge, teach, and assure us. A richly symbolic action, the celebration of baptism stirs our imaginations to perceive the work of God and the contours of the gospel more clearly.
Baptism is a celebration of God’s grace, not of human achievement. It is a means of grace through which God acts to seal the promises of the gospel.
Baptism is not an end in itself. It always points beyond itself to celebrate God’s grace and covenant faithfulness. At the same time, baptism is not incidental or unimportant to God’s people. It should be a celebration fitting to the abundant grace of God offered in Christ.
Baptism is a sign of a covenant relationship. Our relationship with God in Christ is based on God’s promises to us, and baptism conveys these promises to us.
Baptism is deeply personal but never private. It is a communal action of the gathered congregation, which represents the church in all times and places.
(from The Worship Sourcebook, 249-50)
Bringing your newborn to be baptized is one of the most important things you can do as a parent. No matter how young the child is, God sends the gift of the Holy Spirit. Baptism encourages future faith naturally, a baby is too small to know what a baptism is all about. So, parents bring their child for baptism on the basis of their own faith, with the hope that the child will grow in faith, and love and serve God.
You've heard it said, "it takes a village", right? We agree. At each baptism not only do the parents of the child take vows to do their best to encourage faith in their child, the whole congregation participates in taking vows. In doing this, we vow to God, the child and parents; "by the Spirit we will seek to love, encourage, and equip you." This is a rich experience.
Young People and Adults
Adults and youth who wish to publicly confess their faith and enter the Church (and who haven’t been previously baptized) can be baptized. Baptism promotes future growth no matter at what age you’re baptized, baptism celebrates the start of a new life with Christ. By being baptized, you’ve taken the first step on a life-changing (and life-giving) journey into the heart of the Christian way.
For more information on how to be baptized, please contact an elder or church leadership. We welcome your questions!