The sacrament of baptism is an opportunity for new parents to focus today on what will affect their child's future the most. Right now we invite you to take a moment to focus on what really matters most in your family. No one will have more influence on your child than YOU! We believe what happens at home is more important than what happens at church. It is our hope that we can partner with you from the very beginning. We want to be your biggest fans, your strongest supporters, and your trusted guides as you raise your child to understand what it means to have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.
We believe Baby Baptism is a means of grace and signifies God's initiative in the process of salvation. John Wesley, the founder of the Methodist movement, preached "prevenient grace." Prevenient grace is the Spirit of God that works in our lives before we are aware of it, bringing us to a growing awareness of faith. The Baptism of children and their inclusion in the church before they can respond with their own confirmation of faith is a vivid and compelling witness to the fact that God claims the child with divine grace. Clearly the child can do nothing to save themselves, but is totally dependent on God's grace.
We also believe that when people are old enough to understand what it means to put their faith and trust in Jesus Christ as their personal Savior, they should have the opportunity to make that choice for themselves. A preschooler is not able to understand sin, forgiveness, the sacrifice our Savior made for us, and what it means to have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. Therefore, our Baby Baptism event is about faith beginning to work in the life of a child and your commitment as parents to lead your child into a growing relationship with Jesus Christ so that as the child grows older, you are able to guide and help your child understand what that means.
Baby Baptism is more than an event; it is an opportunity for you to take some time on this journey as a parent to really think about what will matter the most in the life of your child. It is a chance to talk together and decide what you value and what you can do today that will have the greatest impact on your child's future.