What baptism is. We are pleased that you have decided to have your child baptized! In this sacrament, we receive the gift of God's grace as we respond to God's invitation to become part of the community of faith. As your children grow, there will be many activities and programs that they, as well as you, may wish to become involved in-bell and vocal choirs for all ages, Christian education, small groups, United Methodist Men and Women, and many more opportunities. We want to do all we can to make baptism the start of a lifelong journey for you, your family and your friends.
HOW TO HAVE AN INFANT OR CHILD BAPTISED AT MEDFORD UNITED METHODIST CHURCH
- First, if you have not already attended worship here at church ever or recently, I invite you to come out to worship for a couple of weeks to see if this is the type of church community that you will feel comfortable to bring up your child in. While here, introduce yourself to Rev. Dawn Corlew or to me. Sunday morning services are at 8:15, 9:30 and 11:00 AM. Childcare for preschoolers is provided during all three services or you may keep your children with you. Check our website for time changes during Easter and Christmas seasons. The 9:30 worship is informal and meets in our fellowship hall. You may wish to check out Sunday School for your school aged children which meets at the same time as 9:30 AM worship.
- Second, after you have visited with us in worship and introduced yourself to a pastor, call me at the church office to arrange for one of the pastors to visit at your home, to meet you informally, review the baptism vows, and answer your questions. A date for your baptism will be set for a Sunday morning during one of the worship services. There is never a "charge" for the Sacrament of Baptism. One parent or godparent/sponsor does need to be a baptised Christian. Often in the course of discussion, a parent will request baptism for him or herself. This can be done at the same time your child is baptised.
- Thirdly, come back and visit this page at any time and review the Baptism Sermons linked above. You can watch these two messages that I recently shared and use the two worksheets to fill in the blanks. The questions that you will be asked to answer as part of the Baptismal Vows are discussed in the second message. This will provide a good background as to how baptism equips us to follow Jesus and to become members of the Church, His body in the world.
We look forward to meeting you and your child.
Rev. Vivian Rodeffer, Senior Pastor