BAPTISM is one of two sacraments celebrated in the United Methodist Church (together with Holy Communion). In the sacraments we encounter God and his love in a special way.
There are two forms of baptism in the United Methodist Church: infant (and young child) baptism, and baptism of older children and adults.
Both are practiced and are considered acceptable. Each family makes a choice about having children baptized early, or waiting until they are older or young adults. Baptism of infants and young children is a celebration of promises:
- Of God’s promise to love us and claim us forever.
- Of parents’ and sponsors’ promises to teach their child about Jesus, and to be the instruments of God’s love in his or her life.
- Of the congregation’s promise to do this as well.
Children are invited to make a personal commitment to following Jesus Christ when they become confirmation age (seventh-eighth grade).
Baptism of older children and adults emphasizes
- Forgiveness and cleansing from past wrongs.
- Personal acceptance of God’s free gift of unconditional love.
- A commitment to following where Jesus leads.
At Baker Memorial United Methodist Church, you do not need to be a member of the church to be baptized or to have a child baptized. We do ask you to worship with us on several occasions, and to attend a preparatory class. Baptism takes place during a regular worship service of the congregation.
The preparatory classes are held throughout the year. Contact the church office to find out when the next class will be held, and to register. Click here to download the Baker Baptism form.