Baptism is one of the sacraments of the church, in which God acts to include us in his family. Baptism is an “outward sign of an inward grace” that signifies:
- Our initiation into the church of Jesus Christ
- The inauguration of a life-long journey of salvation
- Our identity as Christians and children of God
For those who are baptized later in life, baptism also signifies the cleansing and forgiveness of sin and the experience of new birth by the Holy Spirit.
United Methodists practice baptism for all ages, including infants, because we believe that God’s grace extends to all, even before we are able to respond to God. At some point, every person has to affirm God’s grace in his or her life, and this may be before, during, or after the sacrament of baptism. When infants or children are baptized, the parents or guardians profess their faith on behalf of the child, later to be confirmed when the child can make a mature decision of faith.
Baptism is required for church membership, although United Methodists accept prior baptisms from any Christian church. If you are interested in learning more about baptism or church membership, please contact one of the pastors.