Baptism

Baptism celebrates our belonging to the family of God.  A person is incorporated into the body of Christ through this sacrament. Baptism with water and the Holy Spirit is also the mark of one’s acceptance into the care of Christ’s church, the sign and seal of their participation in God’s forgiveness, and the beginning of their growth in full Christian faith and life. 

In our tradition, there is no “right” time to be baptized.  Although parents often choose to have their infant children baptized, teens and adults can make the decision to be baptized as well.   

Baptism is both an acknowledgement of God’s promises to us, as well as our making promises to God to raise our children in the Christian faith and to be Christ’s disciples.  It is also a promise from the congregation to support you and your children on the journey of faith.  

Baptism occurs once in a person’s life, and we recognize the baptisms performed in other Christian traditions.   

Baptism liturgies are included as part of our 10:00 a.m. worship service.  

Baptisms are offered in consultation with the Pastor.

Gilead Congregational Church

United Church of Christ