Baptism is a sign pointing to the grace of God made known at the cross of Christ.
The Bible clearly teaches that baptism is the first step of obedience after making a commitment to Christ. (Matt. 28:18-20) Baptism allows a believer to communicate to the world their heart-felt commitment to Christ.
Why do we baptize?
We baptize because Jesus commanded us to baptize. He said,
“All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go 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 I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age” (Matthew 28:18-20).
We baptize children whose parents know Jesus Christ as their Savior and Lord and are members of this church, as well as adult believers who were never baptized as children.
Infant & Children (Birth to 7 years old):
When a child is baptized with water he receives the sign of the covenant that God has made with His people. Baptism is a sign that emphasizes the grace of God given to the child because he has the privilege of being brought up in a Christian family.
He or She has the opportunity to learn about the Savior from his parents as they live the life of Christ before him and as they tell him about Jesus. He has the opportunity to be brought up in the church, in the fellowship of believers where he can also learn of the Savior.
If you are a teenager and wish to be baptized, you must first become a member of SRC. Students in grades 5 - 8 are invited to attend a series of Communicants Classes in the Spring of each year. They will take an in-depth look at the Bad News and Good News of the gospel, the foundational truths of our faith as well as church organization.
Upcoming Class Dates: TBD.
In the Presbyterian tradition we baptize adults after they believe, but only those who were not baptized into the covenant family as children. We also encourage believing parents to present their children for baptism.
All adults must go through the membership process at SRC, consisting of the Membership Class. Once you are approved for membership, you will be eligible for baptism. The baptism will be the last step in the membership process.