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Baptisms

First Congregational Church practices lifelong baptism – from infants to “whatever” age you are. We administer baptism by “sprinkling” just like the Roman Catholic Church and many other Christian traditions.

We always baptize using the ancient formula of “In the name of the Father, and the Son and the Holy Spirit” as part of our commitment to an ecumenical agreement on baptism which the United Church of Christ negotiated. The formal agreement, known as the "Common Agreement on Mutual Recognition of Baptism," is the product of seven rounds of discussions among the UCC, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, Presbyterian Church (USA), Christian Reformed Church and the Reformed Church in America.

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 senior pastor, prior to setting a date, must authorize all baptisms. Our senior pastor be available to meet with you and answer your questions prior to the baptism.

First Congregational Church of Bristol, Rhode Island300 High Street  ♦  Bristol, RI 02809
(401) 253-7288   ♦   office@fccbristol.org

The First Congregational Church in Bristol
is proud to be an open and affirming congregation of the United Church of Christ.

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