United Methodist Church of Mount Pleasant
Monday, October 23, 2017
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 The United Methodist Church of Mt. Pleasant Infant Baptism Policy

No doubt about it: children are a gift from the LORD ~

Psalm 127:3 Common English Bible

 

We celebrate the life of every child! Children are indeed a gift from the Lord. They are a gift entrusted to their family, and also to the Church. We share your joy in the birth of your child, and want to join with you in committing ourselves to raise them “with guidance and instruction about the Lord.” (Ephesians 6:4)

Infant baptism is a time of thanksgiving and of commitment. When we baptize a child, we thank God for entrusting this precious life to us. We also commit ourselves as parents, family, and church to do all in our power to help this child grow to know their Heavenly Father and develop into a faithful follower of Christ.

The baptismal vows therefore include the commitment of the parents to raise their child in the Christian faith. This is done by (1) setting the example of a Christian home before your child, striving to live a life of love and holiness as taught in God’s Word, (2) keeping the child under the ministry and guidance of the Church by being active as a family in Christian worship and fellowship, and (3) encouraging your child in age-appropriate ways to respond to God’s love and understand Jesus as their Savior and Lord.
 
While other Christian Churches dedicate their children, reserving baptism until the child is old enough to make a public declaration of faith in Christ, we follow the Biblical practice of “household baptism” as seen in the book of Acts, where entire households, including children, were baptized when a parent or parents came to faith in Christ and began to live the Christian life.
 
For baptism to have meaning, it is required that parents understand what baptism is and is not.
 
Baptism is not salvation. We believe that all children under “the age of accountability” (that is, the age when they fully understand right and wrong and make moral choices) are under the grace of God. We don’t believe that an “unbaptized child” is any less loved by God than one who is baptized, or that an unbaptized child would not be admitted into heaven should they die.
 
Every person must make a personal commitment to follow Christ. We believe that if we do our best to “raise up a child in the way they should go” (Proverbs 22:6), the Holy Spirit will be faithful to bring them to a time when they put their faith in Christ as their Savior and Lord. At that time, they will be confirmed as a full member of the Church.
 
Baptism is a celebration of God’s love for your child before your child even knows there is a God! It’s a celebration of the fact that Christ has already died for your child, and that God has a wonderful and eternal plan for your child’s life!
 
What is required for a child to be baptized at the United Methodist Church of Mt. Pleasant?
We welcome all children (and their parents) into the fellowship of the United Methodist Church of Mt. Pleasant and to share fully in worship and fellowship. The doors of our church are always open to accept any person who wishes to enter through them. However, baptism is a choice that requires both understanding and commitment on the part of parents. For baptism to be a meaningful event, fulfilling it’s Biblical purpose, the following questions are asked of parents during the baptismal service.
  • 1) On behalf of the whole Church, I ask you; Do you renounce the spiritual forces of wickedness, reject the evil powers of this world, and repent of your sin? (answer - I do)
  • 2) Do you accept the freedom and power God gives you to resist evil, injustice, and oppression in whatever forms they present themselves? (answer - I do)
  • 3) Do you confess Jesus Christ as your Savior, put your whole trust in His grace, and promise to serve Him as your Lord, in union with the Church which Christ has opened to all ages, nations, and races? (answer - I do)
  • 4) Will you nurture these children in Christ’s holy Church, that by your teaching and example they may be guided to accept God’s grace for themselves and to profess their faith openly and to lead a Christian life? (answer - I will)
 
I want to have my child baptized, what do I do first?
Contact the Pastor. The Pastor will meet with you to discuss the meaning of baptism. At the same meeting, you can schedule the baptism. With very few exceptions, you can schedule the baptism at a worship service of your choosing. There is no fee for the baptism.
 
Contact Information
United Methodist Church of Mt. Pleasant
645 W. Main Street
Mt. Pleasant, PA 15666
724-547-2288
email:  umcofmtpleasant@verizon.net
 
(Revised April 10, 2014)