Baptisms“Ye shall be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with.” — Mark 10:38
There are two forms of baptism in the United Methodist Church: infant (and young child) baptism, and baptism of older children and adults.
Both are practiced regularly. Each family makes a choice about having children baptized early, or waiting until they are older or young adults. Baptism of infants and young children is a celebration of promises:
- Of God’s promise to love us and claim us forever.
- Of parents’ and sponsors’ promises to teach their child about Jesus, and to be the instruments of God’s love in his or her life.
- Of the congregation’s promise to do this as well.
Children are invited to make a personal commitment to following Jesus Christ when they become confirmation age (seventh-eighth grade).
Baptism of older children and adults emphasizes
- Personal acceptance of God’s free gift of unconditional love.
- A commitment to following where Jesus leads.
- Forgiveness and cleansing from past sin.
Planning your day
To schedule a baptism…
BAPTISM is one of two sacraments celebrated in the United Methodist Church (together with Holy Communion). In the sacraments we encounter God and his love in a special way.
At Baker Memorial United Methodist Church, you do not need to be a member of the church to be baptized or to have a child baptized. However, we do ask you to worship with us on several occasions and attend a preparatory class. Baptism takes place during a regular worship service with the congregation.
The preparatory classes are held throughout the year. Contact the church office to find out when the next class will be held and to register.
“let us draw near to God with a sincere heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having our bodies washed with pure water”