Baptism is the beginning of your journey into the Christian faith. We stand within the long tradition of Christian faith that sees baptism as that moment when one makes a public declaration about that which is already true: that we are beloved daughters and sons of God, made in God’s image, and claimed forever as God’s own. In the Methodist tradition, we do not view baptism as our accomplishment of faith. Rather, it is the sacrament expressing what God is doing in and through us.
Baptism is also the entrance into life in the Church. As a congregation, we publicly and symbolically declare that the spiritual journey you begin at baptism is not one you take alone. God has given you a community of family and faith to walk with you and to grow with you in your knowledge and in your love of God and neighbor. Thus, the congregation vows that we will support the candidate (or the parents of children) in fulfilling baptismal vows.
At Christ Church, we baptize adults who wish to enter the Christian faith when we receive new members each quarter. We baptize the children of members any Sunday at the 9:00 a.m. worship service and the third Sunday of the month at the 11:00 a.m. worship service, with the exceptions of the seasons of Advent and Lent. We ask that candidates for baptism or the parents of children being baptized counsel with a member of the clergy prior to the baptism. To schedule a baptism, contact Rev. Dr. Violet Lee.
For more information about baptism in the Methodist tradition, click here: http://www.umc.org/what-we-believe/baptism