The sacrament of baptism is an outward and visible sign of the grace of God. It is the action through which a person becomes a member of the church universal.
At baptism the church joyfully acknowledges that God has claimed this person to be one of Christ's people. As God's gift, baptism bestows the blessing of the Holy Spirit, through the symbol of water, upon those being baptized.
In baptism we pray that the one being baptized will be filled with the Spirit of God and will know of the renewal of spirit, the power of forgiveness, and the abundance of life as God's child.
Baptism with water and the Holy Spirit is the sign and seal of God's grace and forgiveness. Baptism signifies the joy of knowing that God loves this person. The act of baptism marks the beginning of new life of discipleship with Christ. For infants and children, baptism is the sign that they are taken into the care of the Christian church. Baptism is celebrated during morning worship.
Water is a prominent symbol of cleansing and life in the Bible - the water of creation, the great flood, the liberation of Israel through the sea, the baptism of Jesus in the Jordan River, the living water offered to the woman at the well, and Jesus' washing of the feet of the disciples. In baptism we are cleansed and purified by the water for a new life in Christ.
At North Shore, infants, children, youth and adults are baptized. When infants and children are baptized, their parents and/or sponsors (godparents) make promises later "confirmed" by the children. This affirmation of the baptismal vows, usually around age 13 or 14, marks the beginning of the confirmand's adult Christian faith and life.
Are you interested in talking to us about baptism? Contact us to find out more at 414-352-6123 or email.