Baptism & Confirmation

Matthew 3:11 - I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance: but he that cometh after me is mightier than I, whose shoes I am not worthy to bear: he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost, and with fire:

What is the Sacrament of Baptism?
Through the Sacrament of Baptism, we are initiated into Christ's holy church. We are incorporated into God's mighty acts of salvation and salvation and given new birth through water and the Spirit.

All this is God's gift, offered to us without price.

In the United Methodist Church, a person can be baptized either by sprinkling, pouring, or immersion (least common). It also accepts baptisms of other Christian denominations; so if you join from another church you do not need to be baptized again.

What do I need to know about Baptism in the United Methodist Church?

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What's the difference between infant baptism and believer's baptism?

In infant baptism, God claims the child with divine grace. Clearly the child can do anything to save himself or herself, but it totally dependent on God's grace, as we all are- whatever our age. In believer's baptism, the person being baptized is publicly professing his or her own decision to accept Christ.

Believer's baptism is an ordinance, not a sacrament. United Methodists baptize people of all ages, who have not previously received the sacrament. Even when people being baptized are believing adults and are ready to profess their faith, our emphasis is upon the gracious action of God rather than upon the individual's decision. When an adult is baptized into the United Methodist Church, they are then received into the whole United Methodist church, and then into the local congregation.

What is Confirmation?
Confirmation is an ancient rite of passage where our youth confirm and explore the tenets of the faith and what it means to be a Christian & a United Methodist. It is also a time where they begin to take ownership of their own faith stories as they prayerfully consider the commitment they will make on Confirmation Sunday to Christ & the United Methodist Church.

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