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Baptism signifies joining our church community. The use of water symbolizes cleansing and acceptance of new life within the church family. Baptism is the rite of initiation into the Christian community, the church.
Baptism is not a requirement for God’s love. We believe people who die without baptism are in no way condemned, lost, or damned. Baptism in our church is recognized by all denominations of the Christian church that practise infant baptism. Similarly, if someone has already been baptized in another church at any age, we recognize their baptism and welcome them as Christians.
Baptism is offered to all ages. We believe the gift of God’s love doesn’t depend on our ability to understand it, so we baptize people as infants right up through adulthood. With children, instruction is given to parents or sponsors to equip them for the child’s Christian nurture. During a ceremony that takes part in a regular worship service, everyone in the congregation pledges support for those being baptized.