What does Baptism mean, and how are persons baptized?
Holy Baptism is a Covenant (promise) between an individual and God. It is God's word to us, proclaiming our adoption by grace (unconditional love) and our word to God, promising our response of faith and love.
As a sacrament, baptism is a sacred event established by Jesus Christ. It is God's way of blessing us in a way that only God can do. For example, when we bathe, it is not baptism. Yet in the act of worship, and the ordained pastor officiating the ritual, we believe that God chooses to bless us in special ways. And the pastor proclaims a 3-part blessing as the person receives baptism – “In the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit”.
First U.M.C. welcomes your inquiry about the Sacrament of Baptism and we look forward to assisting your family with planning this special day. It is our desire to make your baptism a most memorable ritual.
Persons of all ages can be baptized. Non-members are encouraged to seek church membership as their commitment to the baptism vows. We baptize by sprinkling water and praying over the individual. Other forms are also acceptable – namely pouring and immersion in a river, lake, or baptismal font.
The United Methodist Church recognizes baptisms from other faiths and churches and therefore does not “re-baptize”. We do however, allow you to remember and renew your baptism at special times.