Baptism is one of the two sacraments recognized by The United Methodist Church (the other being communion). Sacraments are moments where by ritual, we believe a sacred connection with God through our actions. In baptism, God uses water as a means of divine grace. It is recorded that when Jesus was baptized, the heaven’s opened up and a voice was heard to say, “You are my son, my beloved, in whom I am well pleased.” We believe that as children of God, this heavenly proclamation is made at every baptism. It also marked the beginning of Jesus ministry, and by the end of his earthly ministry, he directed the disciples to baptize everyone. As a means of grace, it is a gift given to us by God. There is nothing we can do to earn or deserve it. We just receive it. In keeping with that belief, we believe that infant baptism is consistent with scripture and how we practice our faith. We also believe that there is no need to be baptized more than once, and so we fully recognize the baptisms of other Christian churches. Adults are also welcomed to be baptized when they are ready to receive the sacrament. Baptism is not done in private, but is celebrated within community. Most of the time, it occurs on Sunday morning during worship. Exceptions are made in extenuating circumstances. Water is used symbolically during the baptism. Full immersion is not typically our practice, but has been done on special occasions at the request of the person being baptized.
If you are interested in being baptized or having your child baptized, please complete the baptism in-take form and call the church office for dates that are good for you and your family. No one is ever turned down who is willing to participate in the sacrament of baptism.