BAPTISM

BAPTISM

Baptism with water and the Holy Spirit is the sign and seal of our common discipleship. Since baptism is God’s gift, the Holy Spirit is called to be upon the water and those being baptized.

Sunset Congregational Church Baptism

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How does Baptism take place?
Baptism with water and the Holy Spirit is the sign and seal of our common discipleship. Since baptism is God’s gift, the Holy Spirit is called to be upon the water and those being baptized. The act of baptism also marks the beginning of new life of discipleship with Christ, the human response to that gift.
Why is water used?
Water is an essential element of baptism. Water is a prominent symbol of cleansing and life in the Bible—the water of creation, the great flood, the liberation of Israel through the sea, the water of Mary’s womb, the baptism of Jesus in the Jordan River, the woman at the well, and Jesus’ washing of the feet of the disciples. That is why water is visibly present in the service. In the United Church of Christ, the mode of baptism is a matter of choice. Some traditions use sprinkling, some pouring, and some immersion.
Who is baptized in the UCC ?
Infants, children, youth and adults. For infants and children, as well as for youth and adults who have never been baptized before, baptism marks their acceptance into the care of Christ’s church, the sign and seal of God’s grace and forgiveness, and the beginning of their Christian faith and life.
Is there a special time for Baptism ?
Baptism is a personal celebration in the lives of the individual candidates and their families. It is also a celebration within the local church family and a recognition of its commitment. For this reason, baptism is celebrated in the presence of the community gathered for worship. If circumstances require baptism to take place outside of corporate worship, members of the local church, if possible, may participate in the ceremony with the pastor. In urgent circumstances, such as imminent death, any Christian may perform the baptism.
Parents, in consultation with the pastor, may choose sponsors or Godparents for infants and young children who are to be baptized. Other candidates for baptism may also be given this opportunity to have sponsors. At the time of the baptismal service, the sponsors, who accompany the candidates and present them for baptism, may make promises identical to the promises of the parents concerning their role.

Are sponsors present ?
Baptism may take place at any worship service where the community is gathered. In the early Christian church, the season of Lent was used as the final period for the preparation of candidates. In the scriptures that are read during the seasons from Advent up to Easter, there are many texts that teach the faith and point toward baptism. In the early church, the candidates were baptized together at the Vigil of Easter (the pre-dawn Easter service). Some local churches still perform baptisms at this service, or on Pentecost Sunday, and also baptize throughout the year. At Sunset Congregational Church Rev. Dr, Danny Roman will perform baptisms on any given Sunday…

Contact the Pastor for Details:

churchoffice@sunsetcongregational.org

 

Planning a Baptism at Sunset Congregational Church

Church Office 305-596-0778

 

Sunday Baptism Requirement:

This is the option we would prefer because it is done in or following the Sunday Morning church worship service and suggests that you and your family have thoughts on becoming an active part of our church family. (When we choose to have our child baptized, as a parent, we are making a commitment to raise our child in the Christian faith.) For this, there is no fee.

Upon your request to have your child baptized (or to be baptized yourself), the Minister will meet with you for a brief baptismal awareness session and will make the necessary arrangements for the Baptism on the date of your choosing. During the Baptismal observance, a certificate of Baptism will be provided for the family.

For this option (normally on Sundays during or after services), we have the following requirements which are:
The parents must attend two (2) worship services ( on Sundays – English or Spanish) prior to the baptism date.
No Fee is required for this Holy Sacrament however we urge you make a Donation to the Church.

The church will provide 30 minutes proceeding the service for a Photo session in the Church, along with a certificate of Baptism for the family.

 

Baptism Service Requirements: ( Other than Sunday )

For this option we offer a Saturday Baptism  Service and have the following requirements:

- Attend two (2) worship services (on Sunday’s English or Spanish Service) prior to the baptism.
- Pay a fee of $200, which is consider a Church facility usage fee and not a charge for the Baptism service itself .

At the Baptismal ceremony, the church will provide 30 minutes proceeding the service for a Photo session in the Church, along with a certificate of Baptism for the family.

Contact the Church Office if you should have any other questions regarding Church Usage Monday – Friday 8:00 am to 4:30 pm. (305) 596-0778

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