Worship Toolkit
Wednesday
Feb162011

Baptism

Baptism is the sacrament that unites us with Jesus Christ and makes us members of the Church.  In baptism, through the power of the Holy Spirit, we are:

  • Initiated in the church
  • Receive God’s promise of grace upon us
  • Are assured that God forgives our sins.
  • Are called to a life of Christian service

Baptism is the mark of new life in Christ.  In baptism the Holy Spirit marks us as God’s own and enables us to accept God’s forgiveness through repentance.  Through the Holy Spirit, we receive God’s assurance of victory over death and we receive the gift of the Holy Spirit which leads to new life as we are made part of God’s kingdom.  Baptism is the sign and seal of our oneness with Christ.

Here at First Presbyterian Church-Niles we believe one of the most important things you can do as a parent is bring your newborn to be baptized.  We believe that God’s gift of grace is available to us before we are ever able to realize it and now matter how young the person, God sends the gift of the Holy Spirit.  We also encourage adults and youth who wish to publically confess their faith and enter the Church (and who haven’t previously been baptized) to be baptized.  Baptisms at this particular church are celebrated by sprinkling.

If you would like to know more about the sacrament of baptism please contact our minister, Fran Lane-Lawrence.  If you would like to schedule a baptism, please contact our church office (269-683-7600) for the appropriate forms.