Baptism is the sacrament of entrance to the community of faith. Presbyterians baptize adults on their profession of faith, as well as the children of church members. Adults are baptized following instruction in a Membership Class, and their profession of faith in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior.
Most Presbyterians are baptized as infants as a sign of God’s love and as a recognition of their welcome into our church family. What better way to show God’s unconditional love than to baptize a newborn baby? Children will speak for themselves and confirm their baptisms in a confirmation program during their teen years.
Baptism is celebrated in the gathered community of the church during Sunday morning worship. Please be aware that:
- Presbyterians do not do private family baptisms.
- At least one of the parents should be an active member at Calvary.
- The Session of Calvary must approve all baptisms prior to their taking place.
- Before each baptism, parents meet with the pastor to discuss the theology of baptism and what it means in the life of their family and the Calvary family.