Are you an adult who would like to be baptized?
Are you a parent who would like to schedule a baptism for your child? The first step is to attend our Baptism Preparation Class, held on the following Sundays at 11 a.m. To register, please select one of the upcoming dates:
You may schedule your child's baptism after you attend our Baptism Preparation Class.
See what Dr. Howell wrote on Baptism
in the eWorship series.
We baptize individuals in Sunday morning worship, so the Church family can embrace and promise to support you, and so they can be reminded
of the grace of God in their own Baptisms. Most Sundays are available for Baptisms, although when we have Holy Communion, or on other special days we may be unable to have Baptisms. It is always our privilege to participate in this beautiful, powerful Sacrament with you!
What is Baptism?
We begin every service of Baptism by saying “The Church is of God, and will be preserved to the end of time.” For two thousand years the Church has baptized people, infants, children, adolescents, adults, in every language, in every place, immersing them in massive pools, or sprinkling their heads. With joyful simplicity, we do as Jesus told us to do.
Jesus was baptized, “and the heavens opened, and the Spirit descended on him like a dove – and a voice said ‘You are my beloved son’ (Mark 1:9-11).
Ask a child, “What is water for?” The answers are “To drink when I’m thirsty,” and “to bathe in when I’m dirty.” Baptism quenches our thirst for God, Baptism cleanses us, and reminds us all of the power of God to fulfill and to forgive.
We baptize people of all ages. But why baptize infants if they don’t know what’s going on? They have done nothing to achieve status as God’s children – which is the point. Baptism is about the free, unearnable grace of God. Infants don’t even believe yet – but all of us are touched by God’s grace long before we respond to God.
Water brings life; water softens what is hard and crusty. Martin Luther repeatedly said “Remember your baptism and be thankful!” Remember who you are – and whose you are. Your worth is defined by God’s grace. Nothing can erase the image of God in you. St. Augustine said Baptism is a visible word – and that word is “love.” You are loved, and you are called and empowered by God to love, and for us to love together as the Baptized people of God, the Church.
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