Baptism is one of two Sacraments in the protestant church. A Sacrament is God's presence mediated through creation—an outward and visible sign of an inward and spiritual grace. In other words, it is something that we can see, feel, touch, taste and smell, and yet God is using that substance or action to do something on a spiritual level that we cannot always observe with our five senses.
We believe that through the Sacrament of Baptism we are initiated in to Christ's holy Church, incorporated into God's mighty acts of salvation and given a new birth through water and the Spirit. All of this is God's gift offered to us without price. We can do nothing to earn or warrant this gift of God's grace.
While we welcome and love baptizing adults, we also believe that it is quite appropriate to baptize infants and young children. Infant baptism rests firmly on the understanding that God prepares the way of faith before we request or even know that we need help. The term for this is Prevenient Grace, or the grace that comes before.
If you would like to read more about baptism from a UMC perspective, feel free to check out an online resource called By Water and The Spirit.
If you are interested in being baptized, or planning to present your child for baptism, please contact Laurel Jenks at
or 919-362-7807. If you would like to speak to a pastor with specific questions, she will arrange that as well. We have baptism Sundays regularly the third Sunday of the month.