Baptism is the sign and seal of our incorporation into Jesus Christ. Presbyterians baptize both children and adults, marking the beginning of a new life in Christ. The baptism of adults “witnesses to the truth that God’s gift of grace calls for our grateful response.” The baptism of young children “witnesses to the truth that God claims people in love.” (PCUSA Book of Order, W-3.04). Whether we baptize a child or an adult, it is the same sacrament.
Baptism is a sacrament that is administered only once to each person and as Presbyterians we recognize any baptism that has been done with water and in the name of the Trinity. Baptisms require the approval of the Session and are always done within the context of a Service of Worship with the congregation present.
The Baptism of a child requires that one or both parents be an active member of a Christian church, and preferably a member of Second. Because we do not believe that baptism is necessary for salvation, but a great help in living the Christian life, we encourage parents to have their children baptized as quickly as possible, but without undue haste.
If you desire for your child to be baptized, please contact the contact the Pastor and complete the attached Baptism Application.
If you are an adult who desires to be baptized, please contact the Pastor.