In the United Methodist Church, Baptism, along with Communion are considered Holy sacraments.
We believe that Baptism is the movement of God in a child's life and a public profession of the child's parents to raise the child in a Christian home. The church body also commits to help raise the child in a holy community and join them on a path for life that is fulfilling, purposeful and joyful.
Baptism is a very special occasion in our church family, because it is at this time that the church family makes a public promise to help raise the child in the ways of God through faith, devotion and love.
For this reason, we ask that only members of Hope United Methodist Church, or those planning to become members present their child(ren) for Baptism.
As a congregation, we feel that it is our responsibility to uphold our vow in the eyes of God and believe that it is a privilege and honor to help raise a child. However, we realize that we will only be able to uphold this vow if the child is indeed part of our church family.
Baptism may take place at any point in a child's life; however, infants are typically baptized within the first year of their life. Any child that is baptized before they are able to take the vows for themselves, will make their profession of faith when they are older, in a ceremony called confirmation.
Baptism requires the coordination and advance planning of many ministry areas in our church; therefore, we require up to two months to complete the baptism scheduling process.
All baptism requests must be submitted to the Senior Pastor. Once the request is received, a baptism information form must be completed and returned to the church office. A face to face meeting will then be scheduled with the parents and the Senior Pastor. The final baptism date will be scheduled through the Assistant to the Senior Pastor, based upon availability, according to the church's calendar.
Our baptism ceremony occurs prior to "Children's Moments" in either our 9:30am or 11:00am worship service on Sunday mornings. A rose will be placed on the altar in honor of our newest member. This rose is for the family to take home after the ceremony.
As the parent(s) of a child being baptized into the family of Hope church, you will be asked to pledge your vows to God and to our church family.
The following questions will be asked of you:
Why do you desire to have your baby baptized? Do you intend to uphold your vow and raise your child within the church and bring him or her to the public worship of God?
Do you intend to uphold your vow and will you pledge to teach your child the scriptures as found in the bible as well as lead them to a place where they can choose for themselves a personal relationship with Jesus Christ?
Our church family will then take the following vow:
"With God's help we will so order our lives after the example of Christ, that this child, surrounded by steadfast love, may be established in the faith and confirmed and strengthened in the way that leads to life eternal."
Once the vows are confirmed, the Pastor will walk with the child through the congregation to introduce him/her to their new church family. It is during this time that the baptism song will be sung by the congregation.
If you wish to have a photo taken with the Pastor, this can be done either before or after the service. We ask that no photos be taken during the service out of reverence for this ceremony and for those gathered.
We ask that families arrive at the church at least 15 minutes prior to the start of the service time and that you sit in one of the first few rows to allow easy accessibility to the front of the sanctuary.
We feel privileged and honored to have you and your child as part of our church family and look forward to a growing relationship with you both, through Jesus Christ!
If you would like information on becoming a member of Hope United Methodist Church, please contact Lucy Trancho, the Assistant to the Pastors, at 372-4689 ext. 1020 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org