We believe that God’s grace is at work on us well before we become aware of it. From the earliest times, children and infants were baptized and included in the church. As scriptural authority for this ancient tradition, some scholars cite Jesus’ words, “Let the little children come to me…for it is to such as these that the kingdom of God belongs” (Mark 10:14). Baptism is a means of grace which signifies God’s initiative in the process of salvation. Parents who bring their child for baptism promise to nurture them in the faith and live a Christian life.
The Baptism Milestone is designed to help parents fulfill the baptismal covenant.
We also baptize adults if they haven’t previously been baptized; however, we recognize baptisms from all other Christian faith traditions. We do not re-baptize people simply because baptism is a symbol of God’s work in us (not our work for God) If a person has been previously baptized and wishes to celebrate their recommitment to God, we have special ceremony for that to celebrate and remember their baptism.
We understand that different faiths have differing views and teachings on baptism. If you’re confused about why our teachings are different from what you may have learned in another faith tradition, check out the video below.