The Sacrament of Holy Baptism joins a person with the universal church, the body of Christ.
Baptism is a public event that gives evidence of one’s commitment as a disciple of Jesus Christ. The congregation gathers to support, encourage, affirm, and renew a shared commitment to live in light of the gospel’s claims on our lives. When one comes for baptism, we as a whole church community reaffirm our identity. Together, we promise to learn, grow, and encourage one another.
At Olmsted Community Church, along with the general practice of the United Church of Christ, people may receive the Sacrament of Holy Baptism at any age.
Baptism with water and the Holy Spirit is the mark of acceptance into the care of Christ’s Church, the sign and seal of participation in God’s forgiveness, and the beginning of new growth into full Christian faith and life. It’s a gift of God; therefore we say that we participate in the Baptismal service, but it’s God who does the baptizing.
Baptisms are held within the context of a regular worship service. Children to be baptized need at least one parent or guardian to be a member of the congregation since baptismal vows are a promise of full participation in the life of the church.
BROCHURE: Baptism at OCC (pdf format), includes the baptismal vows that parents take on behalf of their children.
In the case of adult or youth (12+) baptism, please contact the pastor for information needed.
FOR CHILD BAPTISM:
Call the church office to discuss an available date for your child to receive the sacrament.
Use the form below to submit necessary information: