First Congregational Church practices lifelong baptism – from infants to “whatever” age you are. We administer baptism by “sprinkling” just like the Roman Catholic Church. We always baptize using the ancient formula of “In the name of the Father, and the Son and the Holy Spirit.” And we add a drop or two of water to our baptismal font from the River Jordan, where Jesus was baptized. We understand baptism as the way in which one becomes a part of Christ’s body, the Church.
If you want your child or someone in your family to be baptized here, we always say yes! Yes – if you want to take time to get to know our community of faith by attendance and interest. It is important to us that you see baptism as a commitment and not as an “event.” Therefore, we may schedule your baptism only after you have demonstrated a clear affiliation with our community of faith, or if your immediate family has established a clear commitment here.
Our pastor, prior to setting a date, must authorize all baptisms. The pastor be available to meet with you and answer your questions prior to the baptism.