Baptism at Bel Air
What is baptism?
Our Presbyterian Book of Order describes Baptism in this way (W-2.3000):
Baptism is the sign and seal of incorporation into Christ. Jesus the risen Lord assured his followers of his continuing presence and power and commissioned them “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything that I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always to the end of the age.” (Matt 28:19 NRSV)
In Baptism we participate in Jesus’ death and resurrection. We die to what separates us from God and are raised to newness of life in Christ. As an identifying mark, Baptism signifies the faithfulness of God, the washing away of sin, rebirth, putting on the fresh garment of Christ, being sealed by God’s Spirit, adoption into the covenant family of the church, and the resurrection and illumination of Christ.
Why church membership requires baptism (G-5.0202):
An active member of a particular church is a person who has made a profession of faith in Christ, has been baptized, has been received into membership of the church, has voluntarily submitted to the government of this church, and participates in the church’s work and worship.
Parents wishing to present their child(ren) for baptism must take a baptism class, which is usually held the week prior to the baptism. At least one parent must be a member of Bel Air Church.
2017 Baptism Dates are:
Adults must first complete a new member class. On the Sunday that the class is presented to the congregation, any who have not been baptized prior to the class, are baptized at that time. For membership class dates click here.
Youth and adults are welcome to be baptized or to reaffirm their baptismal vows. Those who are not already members of the church are encouraged to take a membership class. Check back for 2017 Beach Baptism date.
To sign up to be baptized for any of the above dates, please contact Ellen Baker in the church office.