Baptisms

If you are interested in the Sacrament of Baptism for your child, yourself or family member, please contact one of our pastors through the church office at 203-265-1691 to set up an appointment and for more detailed information.  It is not necessary for you or your child to be a member of the congregation for baptism, but you will need to have a conversation with the minister to determine if the sacrament will be truly meaningful to you.  

All baptisms at our church include a baptismal blanket handmade by a loving committee and blessed by the minister to support each child as they begin their journey in Christ’s church.

What does Baptism mean?
The sacrament of baptism is an outward and visible sign of the grace of God. The promise of the Gospel is not only to us, but to our children.  Baptism with water and the Holy Spirit is a mark of acceptance into the care of Christ’s church, the sign and seal of participation in God’s forgiveness, and beginning of growth into full Christian faith, fellowship and shared discipleship.

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. At First Church of Wallingford, the mode of baptism is to anoint with water the forehead of the one being baptized.

Who may be baptized in your church?
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.

When do Baptisms take place?
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.  Baptisms usually take place during the 10:00 a.m. worship service, although private baptisms may be scheduled.  You and the pastor will schedule a time.  

What words are used?
The recognition of our baptism by the ecumenical church is important to us, and we use use the language recognized in most Christian churches: "I baptize you in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.”




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