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Baptism

Baptism is a sacrament in which God uses water as means of divine grace. Baptism is administered by the church as the Body of Christ. It is the act of God through the grace of Jesus Christ and the work of the Holy Spirit.

Baptism of a new believer

Baptism is a sign of your new relationship with Jesus Christ. One dies to his or her old self (sin) and is made new in Christ Jesus.

Reaffirmation of baptism

Persons who have already been baptized may desire to make a public statement concerning their deeper relationship or renewed commitment with Christ.

Infant Baptism

The United Methodist Church celebrates baptism for infants and young children. The Christian faith statement is made by the parents or guardians on a child’s behalf. It affirms that God is involved and will be involved and active in the child’s life. Adults who were baptized as infants or children are called upon to confirm a personal and growing faith in Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior through the help of the Holy Spirit.

Baptism from other Christian churches

If you have been baptized in a Christian church that is not a United Methodist Church, your baptism is recognized by this church and all other United Methodist churches. "There is one body and one Spirit ... One Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all." Ephesians 4:5