WHAT IS BAPTISM?
The United Methodist Church recognizes baptism as an outward visible sign of an inward spiritual grace. Baptism is the means by which individuals enter into Christ’s holy church, participate in God’s mighty acts of salvation, and receive new birth through water and the Spirit. All of this is God’s gift, offered to us without price.
The sacrament of baptism is offered to infants, children, youth, and adults as a one time event. Through baptism, a covenant is made between God, the individual being baptized, and the members of the congregation. Therefore, baptisms are held as part of the worship service, so that the covenant community is present.
COVENANT AND COMMUNITY
A significant part of the Sacrament of Baptism is the local church committing to be an active participant in the life of your child and your family, especially in their growth in knowing and understanding God. We at Chapelwood are here for you and your family. Please take advantage of all that we offer to support you and your family.
Our Vow as a local church: "With God's help we will proclaim the Good News and live according to the example of Christ. We will surround these persons with a community of love and forgiveness, that they may grow in their trust of God and be found faithful in their service to others. We will pray for them, that they may be true disciples who walk in the way that leads to life."
We take this commitment seriously here at Chapelwood and truly want to partner with you as you raise your child to know Christ and to follow Him.
ADULT AND YOUTH BAPTISM
Adults and youth who were not previously baptized as infants or children take the vows of baptism for themselves. It is recommended the candidate for baptism visit with a pastor to understand the vows they will make at the time of their baptism. Baptism can be done at any time, typically in conjunction with individuals becoming a member of the church.
SCHEDULING A BAPTISM AT CHAPELWOOD
Baptisms occur on the second Sunday of each month during all three Sanctuary worship services. Due to the covenantal nature of the Sacrament of Baptism, families are strongly urged to celebrate their baptism in a worship service. If absolutely necessary, a private baptism can be scheduled, based upon the availability of the pastor and the family.
Baptism dates and service times are selected from the registration link. All parents/guardians of children to be baptized must attend Pastor Andrew Wolfe's Baptism Class prior to the date of the child's baptism. Baptism Classes are currently held in person. Please sign up here for the class.
Allison Johnson, Baptism Coordinator
Andrew Wolfe, Baptism Coordinator