We believe that water baptism is a gift that God gives to all those who decide to follow Jesus. Baptism is an ancient tradition of the Christian church, and we see in scripture that Jesus Himself was baptized at the start of His ministry, and that He tells His church to baptize all who follow Him.
We believe that baptism gives us a way to witness to our faith, a way to connect with God and say “Yes” to Him, and it joins us to the church worldwide, and locally in our community. It is a wonderful celebration, rich in meaning and a special moment in the life of a Christian.
We offer baptism to those who have decided to follow Jesus and are ready to make a public commitment to this end. Older children and youth are welcome to be baptized.
If you have been baptized in another church or community, or as an infant, we recognize that baptism, but we do offer a special ceremony for those who would like to re-dedicate themselves to God, or affirm their baptism.
For parents who want to have a meaningful ceremony entrusting their young child or baby’s life in God’s hands, we recommend baby dedications. Baby dedications are short, joyful ceremonies during our Sunday morning worship service where the family and community brings a child before God asking for His grace and presence in his or her life.
We believe that baptism is a conscious choice to follow Jesus and commit to a lifelong relationship of trust for and obedience to Him. Therefore, we encourage adults, teenagers, and older children (age 8 and above) to consider making this very important and wonderful decision.
Generally speaking, we encourage kids to be at least 8 years old to be baptized. However, we recognize kids may understand the idea of baptism and be ready to make a decision earlier. Please let one of our pastors know if this is the case, and they will be happy to set up a time to talk to your child about it.