Baptism

Infant baptismThe Sacrament of Holy Baptism is one of the two sacraments of the Presbyterian Church, USA, the other being Holy Communion. Baptism is a “holy, visible, sign and seal, appointed of God.” (Heidelberg Catechism). In baptism we are “enrolled, entered and received into the covenant and family, and so, into the inheritance of the children of God” (2nd Helvetic Confession). In baptism, we confess our faith and obligate ourselves to God, remembering Christ’s death and resurrection, and acknowledging that we are washed clean by our belief in Him.

Christian baptism can be done by the sprinkling, pouring of, or immersion in, water. Christian baptism is always Trinitarian: “In the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit”. We believe Christian baptism should occur only once during a person’s lifetime, for our God is faithful to God’s covenant. It should not be repeated.

Child baptismChristian baptism is also offered to the children of believers. The Presbyterian Church requires that at least one parent be a member of the congregation in which the Baptism is to be performed, or a letter of request from another Christian church be received to perform the Baptism on their behalf. Requests for the sacrament of Holy Baptism should be made to the Pastor, who will schedule a time of preparatory conversation, and present the request to Session.

Baptism into the family of God is a great joy and cause for much celebration in the life a congregation.

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