“…and this water symbolizes baptism that now saves you also—not the removal of dirt from the body but the pledge of a clear conscience toward God. It saves you by the resurrection of Jesus Christ…” 1 Peter 3:21
As Presbyterians, we commonly practice infant baptism, although we allow those who accept Christ as adults to be baptized if they so choose. We believe that baptism is an outward and visible sign of the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, given by God to the church to assure us of God’s love and help us to be faithful. Through the sacrament of infant baptism, we are accepted into the fellowship of Christ’s church and we become members of the family of God. The sacrament of baptism always takes place in the presence of the community of faith, that is, during a worship service.
We believe that in baptism, we are responding to grace, which has already been given to us by God in Christ Jesus. In presenting their children for baptism, parents are responding to that grace on their children’s behalf. When the pastor performs the sacrament of infant baptism, the parents are asked to promise to raise their children to know, love and serve the Lord. The congregation joins the parents in pledging to support the child and thus to share the parents’ responsibility for the child’s spiritual development.
Baptism is available to adults and youth (usually over 12 years of age) upon profession of faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. You may speak to one of the ministers at any time to receive information, counseling, or to schedule a baptism.