Baptism is a sign and a seal of God’s saving love for us. In baptism, we are reminded of the saving work that has already been done for us in Jesus Christ. When we are baptized, we are offering our very lives in service to God and formally entering into covenant relationship with God as members of the body of Christ – the Church. If you are baptized as an infant, your parents or guardians make that offering of you, and promise to raise you in the Christian faith. Then, when you are confirmed in the church (often during your teenage years) or when you join as an adult, you make your own promises to God to live a life of service to God.
Presbyterians believe baptism is received only once, and we recognize all baptisms with water in the name of the Father, of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit administered by other Christian churches. With common water, we baptize both infants and adults.
One of the unique aspects of baptism in the Presbyterian Church is that it is not only a sacrament between the baptized and God, but also the congregation! When someone is baptized the congregation vows to guide and nurture them in the Christian faith – and we take that vow seriously throughout a person’s whole life.
If you are interested in baptism, please contact our pastor, Carla.