Baptism is a sacramental experience that our community shares as people respond to the Good News that Jesus preached about God’s kingdom. The water is a rich symbol – it reminds us of the way that God freed the Israelites from their slavery in Egypt, and it represents our joining Jesus in His death and resurrection. People who get baptized aren’t saying they’re perfect; but they’re saying they’re ready to follow Jesus as His disciples, with the help of the Holy Spirit and the Church.
If you want to learn more about baptism, listen to our current teaching series on the Gospel on Sept. 10 and Sept. 17. You can also check out this video from our lead pastor, Jason Miller: https://vimeo.com/28019834
We will offer baptisms during our gatherings on Sunday, Oct. 8, and Tuesday, Oct. 10! If you would like to be baptized, you can register here:
Registration is not mandatory, but it does help us in planning for you! Our approach to baptism includes full submersion, so if you have any physical concerns about getting into the pool, we’ll be ready to accommodate your needs, whether that means extra help getting into and out of the pool, or another mode of baptism, like sprinkling.
What about children? This October baptism will be a part of our adult gathering time, so it’s designed to be available to anyone 5th grade and older. Our upper elementary children’s ministry class will join our adult gathering on Sunday to see the baptisms, and we’ll be equipping parents with some tools to help them talk with their 3rd and 4th graders if questions or conversations arise after that experience. Child Dedication, which allows parents to declare their intention to raise their children in the way of Jesus, will be offered at a later time.