Baptism is the traditional way in which people formally express their faith in Christ and join his Church. In the Methodist Church we baptise both children and adults. We do not ask anyone to make any formal pledges or undergo any sort of course before baptism. That is because baptism represents the free gift of God's love to all; what Christians call 'grace'. We do not deserve or earn it, it is just freely given. As we say during the baptism service:
for you Jesus Christ came into the world; for you he lived and showed God’s love; for you he suffered death on the Cross; for you he triumphed over death, rising to newness of life; for you he prays at God’s right hand: all this for you before you could know anything of it. In your Baptism the words of scripture are fulfilled: ‘We love, because God first loved us.’
Baptisms always takes place on Sunday mornings, as part of a normal act of worship. If you would be interested in being baptised, or having your child baptised, please contact the minister.
For more information about the Christian and Methodist understandings of baptism, please click here.