If you have never been baptized, we encourage you to take this step after making a decision to place your faith and trust in Jesus. Baptism is one of the most important spiritual milestones in your life. The sacrament of baptism illustrates the burial and resurrection of Jesus and the new life that we have in Christ. It is an outward and visible sign of an inward grace. Baptism does not make a person a Christian because it celebrates what God has given us, not what we will give to God. It is a once-in-a-life event that we spend the rest of our lives living into. As a United Methodist congregation, we celebrate both infant baptism and adult “believer” baptism because we see a biblical witness and recognize a tradition throughout the history of the church for both.

When we baptize infants and young children, it is an expression of God’s grace that is at work in the life of every human being, including young children, even before we’re aware of it, constantly drawing us into a relationship with God.

For people who have recommitted their lives to Christ and have already been baptized, we celebrate renewal of baptism instead of re-baptizing. This is because God’s promise to us remains valid, even when we turn away from God.