Baptism

Interested in Baptism?

Learn more about the Sacrament of Baptism and how to request baptism

What is baptism?
“In the Baptism of infants, we confess our confidence in God’s gracious initiative, that a baby who cannot turn to God is nonetheless claimed as a member of the covenant community, a child of God, cleansed by grace and sealed by the Spirit; in the Baptism of adults, we confess our confidence that God’s grace can make us new creations at any stage of our lives. Baptism is a sign and seal of the covenant of grace, a mark of entrance into the visible church, and it is the Holy Spirit who makes this sacrament efficacious in God's time to those whom God has called." - ECO Essential Tenets

Why is baptism a sacrament?
Baptism is one of two sacraments in our church (the other being Holy Communion). As a church in the Reformed tradition, we have two sacraments instituted by Christ through his own baptism and through his own words at the Last Supper.

A sacrament is a sign and symbol of God’s merciful love. Like circumcision, which was a sign of God’s covenant with Israel, baptism is a sign of God’s covenant with the Church. It is a means of grace (undeserved favor). God gives grace freely in the sacrament. We cannot do anything to earn it.

Can I request a private baptism?
In the Reformed tradition, baptism is regarded as an act of the congregation. This is why your request is brought to the Session (the governing body of the church) for approval and the congregation participates in the baptism by promising to help nurture you or your child in the faith.

What types of baptism can take place at Liberty Corner Church?
In the Reformed tradition, baptism can be done by sprinkling a little water on the head, or by immersion (the full body is covered with water in the baptistry). Usually, baptisms by immersion are held  when there is a group to be baptized. 

How Do I Request Baptism?

Baptism for Infants & Children

Welcome to a special time in your family's life -- your child's baptism! Here are a few steps to get you started.
1. Download/read the Baptism Booklet to understand the process and expectations.
2. Complete the Baptism Covenant Form. Your request will be acted upon by Session, which meets bimonthly. Please provide several dates for the baptism and which service you prefer (9 am or 10:30 am).
3. Meet with a Pastor. We will reach out once your request has been approved. You are required to meet with a pastor to talk through the baptism and your role as a Christian parent.

Baptism for Adults

We celebrate your decision to be baptized. Here are a few steps to get started.
1. Complete the Baptism Form. Your request will be acted upon by Session, which meets bimonthly. Please provide several dates for the baptism and which service you prefer (9 am or 10:30 am). 
2. Meet with a Pastor. We will reach out once your request has been approved and arrange a time for you to meet with a pastor. 

Need Assistance? 

If you have questions about baptism or need assistance, please reach out at any time.