“And just as (Jesus) was coming up out of the water, he saw the heavens torn apart
and the Spirit descending like a dove on him. And a voice came from heaven,
“You are my beloved Son, with you I am well pleased.”
~ Mark 1:10-11
Baptism was a great awakening of Jesus who finally realized who he was, the beloved Son of God whom God is well pleased, when he was seen through the eyes of God. The Holy Baptism is one of two Sacraments we practice in the United Methodist Church. The other is the Holy Communion. We practice Baptism for all ages, including an infant baptism.
To become Christian is to receive a new identity. You are no longer defined by others. God in Christ now claims you as God’s own beloved son or daughter. A baptized Christian is one who has “put on Christ.” Baptism celebrates becoming that new being.
We believe that in baptism, God initiates a covenant with us. The word “covenant” is a biblical word describing God’s initiative in choosing us to be a people with a special mission in the world, and our response is a life of faithfulness.
Baptism is a communal event as our congregation says to the people to be baptized:
“With God’s help we will proclaim the good news and live according to the example of Christ. We will surround these persons with a community of love and forgiveness, that they may grow in service to others. We will pray for them, that they may be true disciples who walk in the ways that lead to life.”
If you or your child wish to be baptized, please contact our office to set up an appointment with our pastor.
“For in the one Spirit we were all baptized into one body,
Jews or Greeks, slaves or free,
and we were all made to drink of one Spirit.”
~ 1 Corinthians 12:13