Baptism is a critical first step in the Christian life of every believer. We believe that baptism brings individuals into the family of God. It forgives our sins and makes us a member of God’s family. The faith that begins at Baptism must be nurtured and strengthened for a lifetime. This is done through regular worship and fellowship with God’s people and regular study of God’s Word, the Bible, which reminds us that if this faith is neglected, it may die.
The Pastor will set up an appointment with you to study what the Scriptures have to say about Baptism. At this time, the Pastor will explain the meaning of the Baptism service in the church. This meeting will help you understand the Baptism Service and the promises that you and your Baptismal Sponsors will be asked to make before God and his people.
At the time your child is baptised, you will promise to bring your child to Sunday School, and to worship services, and when they reach the age of 12, to bring them to the Confirmation Program of our church, so that, together with your child, you may learn the basics of the Christian faith.
You will be asked to have Baptismal Sponsors present at the Baptism of your child. Your Sponsors will promise to care for the spiritual needs of your child if you are unable to do so. Your Sponsors will be Christian people who are willing to keep the promises that they will make on the day of your child’s Baptism.
We will provide you with a copy of the Baptism Service and ask that you give it to your Sponsors so that they will know their responsibilities in this process.
Baptisms are normally performed in the church – as part of a Christian worship service – before a group of gathered believers. Because Lutherans believe that Holy Baptism brings an individual into the family of God, the church (the family of God gathered in worship) will need to be part of this important event. God’s gathered people will promise, along with you and your sponsors, that they will pray for you and for your child.
There is no charge for a Baptism at First Lutheran Church. This is part of our ongoing ministry to our members, their families, and to our community.
We pray that God would use this special event to strengthen your own faith and your commitment to His Church. A baptism is a wonderful opportunity for renewal and re-dedication to God for all the members of your family. May God bless the important decisions and plans you are making at this time. Please don’t hesitate to contact the Pastor if you have any further questions, or if you would like to set up an appointment with us.