Baptism is one of the two sacraments in the Presbyterian Church - the other is Communion. According to Living Faith, our confession of faith,
Baptism is a sign and seal of our
union with Christ
and with his church.
Through it we share
in the death and resurrection of Christ
and are commissioned to his service. (7.6.1)
In other words, baptism is a way that assures us we belong to God. It is also assures us that we are members of God's church. Whether you want baptism for your baby, your child or teen, or yourself, we look forward to baptizing you and welcoming you in our congregation.
Since baptism is about becoming part of the Body of Christ, baptism is usually done Sunday mornings as part of Sunday worship. We try to schedule baptisms close to major Christian festivals (e.g., Easter), but recognize that family members who live far away may have time limitations.
In Baptism, ...
water signifies the washing away of sin,
the start of new life in Christ,
and the gift of the Holy Spirit. (7.6.2)
God acts through Baptism.
It is the sacrament not of what we do
but of what God has done for us in Christ.
God's grace and our response to it
are not tied to the moment of Baptism,
but continue and deepen throughout life.
It is a sacrament meant
for those who profess their faith
and for their children.
Together we are the family of God. (7.6.3)
Baptism is also an act of discipleship
that requires commitment
and looks towards growth in Christ.
Those baptized in infancy
are called in later years
to make personal profession of Christ.
What is born may die.
What is grafted may wither.
Congregations and those baptized
must strive to nurture life in Christ.(7.6.4)
So, if you would like baptism, please give us a call and we will do our best to welcome and include your family in this special time.