Baptisms

Baptism is a union with Christ. It testifies that we are joined in Christ’s death and resurrection, and, by God’s act, share all Christ’s benefits. Baptism is a sacrament – that is, “an outward sign with an inward meaning whereby the Holy Spirit sets forth God’s love and applies it to our lives” (from the Westminster Shorter Catechism).

The Presbyterian Church baptizes both infants and adults. Adults present themselves and receive the Sacrament of Baptism when they confess their faith in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. This often occurs at the same time they become members of the church.

When we baptize children, we declare that God loves us even before we are old enough to understand. Children are presented by their parents, who profess their faith and promise to teach their children according to their Christian beliefs. Later, at an appropriate age, children can make their own profession of faith, confirming the work of the Holy Spirit and the mystery of the sacrament.

Scheduling a Baptism
Baptism is celebrated as a part of a public worship service, and the members of the congregation are more than merely spectators; they have an important role. The congregation promises to nurture the new disciple or child in faith and to tell him or her the good news of the gospel through both word and action.

Baptism approvals are granted through Session (church governing board) and should be scheduled four to six weeks in advance. Baptisms are often done on the third Sunday of the month at either service and can be arranged through consultation with one of the pastors.