Your child’s baptism is a special day for both your family as well as your church family. Baptism tells us who we are. We are created in the image of God and initiated into the Body of Christ, which is the church. Baptism joins us together with Christians everywhere. Although a parent presents the child for baptism, Baptism itself is God’s gift. We are adopted as God’s children and through baptism we are offered God’s active grace and saving love.
To schedule your child’s baptism contact the church office.
Baptism and Holy Communion are the two sacraments of the United Methodist Church.
I. Baptism: You will be asked the three questions listed below and the congregation will respond with their commitment to love and nurture the child.
Baptismal response by the congregation: “With God’s help we will so order our lives after the example of Christ, that these children, surrounded by steadfast love, may be established in the faith and confirmed and strengthened in the way that leads to life eternal.”
II. Communion: Children are welcome to join their parents at the communion table. Communion is offered on the first Sunday of each month. In the United Methodist Book of Worship it states, “All who intend to lead a Christian life, together with their children, are invited to receive the bread and the cup.”
We remember that when some of Jesus’ disciples tried to keep children away from him that he said: “Let the little children come to me; do not stop them; for it is to such as these that the kingdom of God belongs.” Mark 10:14
Children may not fully comprehend what is going on, but they know when they are excluded. In accordance with the scripture let them come.