Thank you for your interest in baptism at First Congregational Church UCC. We welcome your inquiry, and hope that when you meet with a pastor to discuss the service, you will understand the significance of the sacrament of baptism, and feel free to discuss any matters in connection with the service.
The sacrament of baptism is an outward and visible sign of the grace of God. Through baptism a person is joined with the universal church, the body of Christ. In baptism, God works in us the power of forgiveness, the renewal of the spirit, and the knowledge of the call to be God’s people always.
We baptize adults, children and infants.
Inasmuch as the promise of the gospel is not only to us but also to our children, baptism with water and the Holy Spirit is the mark of their 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 into full Christian faith and discipleship.
-UCC Book of Worship
When youth who were baptized as infants or children reach eighth grade, they are invited and expected to go through Confirmation classes, offering them the opportunity to claim and affirm the faith as their own.
Typically, we baptize during worship when the community is present because baptism includes the community of faith’s promise of ‘love, support and care’ for the baptized.
The United Church of Christ recognizes the validity of all baptisms, therefore there is no need for re-baptism. We do offer opportunities to renew our baptismal promises, remember our baptism, and re-affirm our faith.