In the United Methodist Church, baptism and holy communion are considered sacraments.
We believe that baptism is the movement of God in a child's life and a public profession of the child's parents or caretakers to raise the child in a Christian home. The church body also commits to help raise the child in a holy community and join them on a path for life that is fulfilling, purposeful, and joyful.
Baptism is a very special occasion in our church family, because it is at this time that the church family makes a public promise to help raise the child in the ways of God through faith, devotion and love.
As a congregation, we feel that it is our responsibility to uphold our vow in the eyes of God and believe that it is a privilege and honor to help raise a child. However, we realize that we will only be able to uphold this vow if the child is indeed part of our church family.
Baptism may take place at any point in a child's life; however, infants are typically baptized within the first year of their life. Any child that is baptized before they are able to take the vows for themselves, will make their profession of faith when they are older, in a ceremony called confirmation, which takes place after several months of training with other young people.
Baptism requires the coordination and advance planning of many ministry areas in our church; therefore, the process of planning a baptism begins with a meeting between the parents and the senior pastor.
All baptism requests must be submitted the pastoral secretary, and a meeting will then be scheduled with the parents and the senior pastor, either at the church or the family's home. Submit baptism requests to Cheryl Arrington, or call (804) 359-6041, ext. 114.
Adult and Youth Baptisms
In the United Methodist Church, persons are baptized only once, so a person baptized as a child or as an adult need not be baptized again. If you are a youth or adult who would like more information on being baptized, please contact Pastoral Secretary Cheryl Arrington.