WHAT TO EXPECT
We believe Baptism signifies entrance into the household of faith and is a symbol of repentance and inner cleansing from sin, a representation of the new birth in Christ Jesus and a mark of Christian discipleship.
We believe children are under the atonement of Christ and as heirs of the Kingdom of God are acceptable subjects for Christian Baptism. Children of believing parents through Baptism become the special responsibility of the Church. They should be nurtured and led to personal acceptance of Christ, and by profession of faith confirm their Baptism
Simply put, Baptism is one of two Sacraments we celebrate here at Salem UMC. Baptism is offered for Infants, Children or Adults. All Baptisms take place in the context of our regular worship services, except for emergency situations. As a church we offer and use all three traditional forms of Baptism: Sprinkling, Pouring, and Immersion. Many Baptisms use music, candles, and the laying on of hands to further signify the love of God offered on this occasion. We encourage the use of Sponsors or God Parents for the Baptism of infants.
In keeping with our theological understanding, here at Salem we do not re-baptize persons or dedicate infants. Baptism always precedes and many time is joined with membership vows. When coming to membership at Salem UMC as a transfer from another church, we accept as valid your Baptism in that other community of faith.As you consider Baptism for your child or yourself, please contact the pastor and plan a time to visit about Baptism and set up an appropriate date and time