The Presbyterian Understanding of Baptism:
Baptism is one of the two Sacraments celebrated by the Presbyterian Church (Communion is the other). Baptism is the sacrament of initiation into the Christian life. The washing with water in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit is the sign and seal of a person’s inclusion in the covenant of God’s people and union with the risen Christ. Thus, baptism, whether of an adult or a child, is a response to what God is already doing in that person’s life. Here at Chapel Hill we fully believe, practice and teach the Reformed principle that we are saved by God’s grace through faith, and that baptism is a response to God’s grace already given and at work in one’s life.
Scheduling a Baptism:
If you are interested in being baptized of having your child baptized please contact Rev. Andrew Florio to schedule a baptism class with you and/or your family. During the baptism planning and conversation, the pastor will discuss the meaning of baptism with you to ensure that you understand the intention of the vows you will take. If you are not a member, the first step to being baptized or to having your child baptized is to join Chapel Hill Presbyterian Church by attending one of our upcoming Faith and Discovery classes. At least one parent must be a baptized Christian and a member of Chapel Hill for infant baptism, as the parent(s) take the vows on behalf of the child and promise to raise their child in the Christian faith. Similarly, the congregation vows to support the child’s growth in faith.