Baptism

Baptism is the holiest of moments and incorporates your child and you into the Body of Christ. It lasts into eternity.

Your faithfulness in living the vows of baptism will bring your child into a living knowledge of Jesus Christ and His love. It is a joy and honor to share such a significant moment with your family.

In the tradition of United Methodist Church, baptism is a crucial threshold we cross on our faith journey. Baptism is:

  • a sacrament of initiation into the catholic (universal) church;
  • a sign of God’s forgiveness and our new life in Jesus Christ;
  • the beginning of the growth process in grace that leads us to love God and neighbor and to follow Jesus;
  • a gift of God that is received as a sign of God’s love for us.

Baptism Preparation

Please review this information so that you and your child will have a wonderful experience on this important day:

  • To receive the date and time you prefer, please contact Pastor Sweetwyne at least one month in advance. Have a few dates in mind.
  • At least one parent or grandparent of a child being baptized must be a member of Wesley United Methodist Church.
  • You will receive a letter with all baptism information needed by mail the week prior to your child’s baptism. If you have any questions once you’ve received this, please let us know.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • How many people may come to the altar with us? We encourage all family and friends to join you at the altar.
  • Are we allowed to leave during the service? The extended family and friends are expected to stay for the service.
  • What does my child need to wear? Children customarily wear white baptism gowns or outfits. Adults, customarily wear white.

The Baptism Day

For your comfort and convenience, please note the following:

  • Cancellations:  We understand if you need to cancel or your baby gets sick at the last minute. Please notify Pastor Sweetwyne.
  • Arrival
    • Sanctuary:  There will be up to four pews reserved for you and your family on the left side of the pulpit.
    • All Other Locations:  Please arrive at least 15 minutes prior to the service.
  • Photography: Please preserve the dignity of the moment.
  • Mementos: A baptism certificate.
  • We Understand:  We are accustomed to cries, coos and unexpected events that young infants and children bring to the day. If your child is older and appears to not want to go to one of the ministers, they may ask you to hold the child while they baptize them.
  • Note:  Parking may be a problem, so please allow plenty of time