Baptism is...

Baptism is a participation in and a celebration of God’s grace available to us from the moment of our birth.  By taking part, we witness to God’s desire to be in relationship with us, and God’s grace revealing more of himself to us.  We believe baptism is a gift of God’s grace to the whole Church; therefore, we celebrate baptism with people of every age.

Baptism is an initiation into a covenantal relationship between the person being baptized, the Church, and God.  When an individual (as an adult) or parents of infants and children share in baptismal vows with the Church, they are making a commitment to raise the child in the life of the church and the Christian faith.  During the liturgy, the entire congregation vows to love, encourage, walk with and embrace these children on their path to eternal life.  For this reason, adults being baptized become members of the church through baptism and are expected to participate in our Rock Hall 101 Discovering God’s Family class prior to or soon after the baptism; and for infants or children, at least one parent (or primary caregiver) is expected to be an active, professing member of the church prior to the baptism.  Baptized infants and children do not become members of the church until they have professed faith in Christ through confirmation or completion of the membership class on their own.  For more information on our New Member’s Class & Orientation, contact the pastor.

Baptism is a unique celebration in the life of our congregation and all candidates for baptism or their parents/caregivers are expected to participate in our Baptism Orientation class prior to the celebration of baptism.

Baptisms can typically be scheduled on the 3rd Sunday of the month, but we will seek to as flexible as possible with families.  Please plan to schedule baptisms at least 3 months in advance.

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