Baptisms

We are happy to do baptisms at one of our Sunday services.  To schedule a baptism contact Rev. Patricia Wagner at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

What does The United Methodist Church believe about baptism? 

Baptism is one of the two sacraments recognized by The United Methodist Church (the other being Communion).  In a sacrament, God uses common elements — in this case, water — as means or vehicles of divine grace. Baptism is administered by the church as the Body of Christ. It is the act of God through the grace of Jesus Christ and the work of the Holy Spirit. It is a symbol of rebirth and repentance by one who has accepted Christ and has repented of their sins.

baptismBaptism Through the Centuries

We don't have detailed records of baptism in those first few centuries, but we do know that it was being practiced.  In His Great Commission, Christ says to go and baptize all people. (Matt. 28:18-20).  As the church became organized, Christians made a practice of baptizing their infants.  The Council of Carthage (254 AD) stated that "We ought not hinder any person from Baptism and the grace of God..... especially infants. . . those newly born."  Origen wrote "Infants are to be baptized for the remission of sins."  And Cyprien wrote that baptism should be performed as soon as a child is born. John Wesley, the founder of the Methodist movement continued infant baptism and this practice continues today.  

Baptism Today  

In The United Methodist Church, a person can be baptized either by sprinkling, pouring, or immersion.  We also accept baptisms of other Christian denominations; so if you join from another church you do not need to be baptized again.

What happens at the baptism service? 

All baptisms (except in life and death situations) take place in a service of worship at the church. Persons can be baptized at any age. Parents of children younger than 12 will answer on their children's behalf, and when the child grows up can confirm their baptism as they take their own vows of faith and membership.

For young children, the pastor and lay leaders will invite parents (and, if there are any, sponsors/godparents) to the front of the church. . The pastor will ask several questions about the faith and commitment, which are answered simple with "I will" by parents and sponsors/Godparents who will answer on the child’s behalf. Then the pastor will baptize the child and then present him/her to the congregation. Parents will be given the Certificate of Baptism.

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