Baptism is the sacrament of water and Spirit done in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Persons of all ages can be baptized. At North Church we baptize by sprinkling water in the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Baptism is done only once because God’s work is always complete and God is always faithful no matter how much we mess up or fall short. As United Methodists, we recognize all Christian baptisms and do not re-baptize.
According to our liturgy, baptism has a three-fold meaning. First, baptism is our initiation into the body of believers, those receiving the Sacrament are thereby marked as Christian disciples, and initiated into the fellowship of Christ’s holy Church.
Second, in baptism God offers to wash away our sins, heal our separation, and restore us to a right relationship. This is powerfully witnessed in the liturgical prayer over the water, Pour out your Holy Spirit, to bless this gift of water and those who receive it, to wash away their sin and clothe them in righteousness throughout their lives.
Baptism is also a sign of the new life we receive through the Holy Spirit. We believe regeneration is a process that takes a lifetime and our baptismal liturgy blesses this gradual growth in grace through the congregational pledge of support: That these persons, surrounded by steadfast love, may be established in the faith, and confirmed and strengthened in the way that leads to life eternal.
All by God’s grace, baptism is initiation into the Church universal, washing away of sin, and a time of new birth.
North Church welcomes your inquiry about the sacrament of baptism and we look forward to assisting your family with planning this special day.