The sacrament of Baptism is an outward and visible sign of the grace of God. Through baptism a person is joined with the universal church–the body of Christ.
Since Baptism is God’s gift, the Holy Spirit is called to be upon the water and those being baptized. The act of baptism marks the beginning of a new life of discipleship with Christ. As a progressive, inclusive Protestant congregation, we welcome all who are interested in beginning a life of faith including infants, children, youth and adults. We also honor baptism received in any other Christian traditions. And although it is not the norm, we will re-baptize if someone requests it.
We celebrate the sacrament of baptism during Sunday worship, never at another time, because we believe this sacrament to be a communal celebration. It may be done inside the church, or outside (weather depending) at the preference of the person to be baptized, or in the case of an infant or child, at the discretion of the family. The use of the church hall for an optional reception following the worship service is the responsibility of the family. If you are interested in the opportunity of Baptism for either yourself or your child, or if you have specific questions, please see Pastor Gary after a Worship Service, or by calling 607-722-1017 to schedule an appointment.