The Sacrament of Holy Baptism
In the United Methodist Church we believe that Holy Baptism is the sacrament of initiation and incorporation into the Body of Christ. When we decided to be baptized, we profess our recognition of God’s grace in our lives and our desire to love and serve Christ as our Lord. Baptism is the start of life-long journey of growing in our practice of Christian discipleship. This commitment is both to a personal relationship with Christ and with his Body, the Church. If you are considering baptism, you are in the midst of a sacred time in your life and faith and we give thanks for the work that God is doing in your life. Please set up a time to meet with our pastor so that can help you take the next step in your Christian faith.
When parents bring their children for baptism, they make a vow to raise their children to know and love God through the ministries of the church until they can make that commitment for themselves when they are confirmed in the faith (between 12-14 years of age). Raising a child in the church includes regular attendance in worship, Sunday School and other activities designed to foster spiritual growth and faith development experiences of children. When a child is baptized in the church, both the parents and the congregation make a vow to love, support and nurture the child in their Christian discipleship. If you are considering having your child baptized, please set up a time to meet with the pastor to plan for this important and sacred commitment in the life of your family and child.