Infant Baptism

We, at First Presbyterian Church, believe there is no greater gift you can give your child than a relationship with Jesus!  Presenting your child for baptism is placing them in the arms of our Risen Lord—there is no better place to be. 

What’s the big deal about baptism?

Baptism is God’s way of making a family.  Jesus, in his own baptism, comes up out of the waters of the Jordan and hears the Father say, “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased.”  As we follow Jesus through the waters of Christian baptism, the Father claims us as His beloved sons and daughters.

The waters of baptism echo the Exodus story, when God parted the Red Sea and led Israel out of slavery in Egypt.  Baptism is all about coming through the water to freedom. But the waters of baptism also look back to the Creation story (Genesis 1), when the primal waters are parted as God brings creation into being.  From slavery to freedom, from nothingness to life—this is what baptism is all about.  And it’s God’s gracious gift, through the person and work of Jesus, for you and your family!

Why do we baptize infants?

Infant baptism showcases God’s grace in loving and choosing us before we make any choices ourselves.  This amazing grace, that God loves us before we love Him, is why ancient Israel circumcised baby boys, and why the earliest Christians baptized, as a replacement for circumcision (Colossians 2:11-12), the children of believers (Acts 2:39).  In infant baptism, while parents and pastors are active participants, God is the main actor, publicly declaring, “You are my child” and promising, “I will be your God.”

In eighth grade students are invited to confirm the promises of their baptism by going through Confirmation and then choosing to make their own public statement of faith and become members of First Church.

According to the Book of Order for the PC(USA), for an infant to be baptized in a particular church at least one of the parents must be a member of that congregation. If you are not a member and would like to become a member of this church family or learn more about adult baptism, contact Patricia Hall 918.301.1028.

How do I sign up to have my child baptized?

If you have prayed about it and are ready to schedule a date for the baptism of one or more of your children, go ahead and fill out the questionnaire below. If you have questions or would like to talk with someone further about baptism, contact Jan Miller, Director of Children's Ministries.

It is our joy to walk with you and your child through the sacrament of baptism.  Our prayer is that this begins a journey of growing in grace—coming more fully to know, love, and serve Jesus Christ each and every day. 


 

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