Next Steps Baptism

In the Next Steps Baptism class, we invite you to better understand the spiritual significance of the sacrament of baptism prior to having your child baptized or being baptized yourself. Sign up for this one-time, one-hour class and learn the meaning of baptism as we understand it within the United Methodist Church. This class is required prior to any baptism.

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Then Jesus came from Galilee to John at the Jordan, to be baptized by him. John would have prevented him, saying, “I need to be baptized by you, and do you come to me?” But Jesus answered him, “Let it be so now; for it is proper for us in this way to fulfill all righteousness.” Then he consented. And when Jesus had been baptized, just as he came up from the water, suddenly the heavens were opened to him and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting on him. And a voice from heaven said, “This is my Son, the Beloved, with whom I am well pleased.”

- Matthew 3:13-17 (NRSV)

God Has Chosen You

From this Scripture, we believe that God has chosen you as a son or daughter before you ever choose to follow Jesus. In the Methodist church, baptism is an outward sign of God’s grace. We know this specific type of grace as “prevenient grace.” This a grace that you can’t earn or deserve. It works in your life before you are ever aware of it.

Because of prevenient grace, we are open, accepting, and even encouraging of baptizing infants and children. The baptism of children is our way of saying that they are included in this body of Christ and we will love and support them through their faith journey, even before they are old enough to respond with their own confirmation. It’s a beautiful sacrament that embraces the mystery of God’s love and grace for us.

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Watch a Baptism

Take a look at some of our baptisms to see what this sacrament looks like at Trietsch. Our 9:30 and 11 am worship services are live-streamed every Sunday. So if you or your child are being baptized, invite your family and friends to tune in at TMUMC.ORG/watch!

Baptism is the Beginning

Baptism is not the end of your journey of faith, it is the beginning! Jesus started his ministry with his baptism and so do we. It makes no difference whether you were baptized as an adult or as a child; we all start on that journey at baptism. For the child, the journey begins in the nurturing community of the church, where he or she learns what it means that God loves you. At the appropriate time, the child will make his or her first confession of faith in the ritual the church traditionally calls confirmation. Most often, this is at adolescence or at the time when the person begins to take responsibility for his or her own decisions.

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