Savior has caused us to take on His characteristics. Baptism is a symbol of our salvation… it unifies us as believers, confirming that we belong together. The inner washing of the sin from our hearts must always come first. But the Bible is also clear that Christ-followers must follow Christ. If He said baptism was important, then it is important.
Does Valley Grove practice immersion or sprinkling?
We baptize by immersion. Looking to Jesus as our example, we read in Matthew 3:16 that Jesus began his earthly ministry by being baptized and was immersed in the water. Every baptism in Scripture was by immersion. In fact, the word “baptize” means “to dip.”
What if I have already been baptized or sprinkled?
If you have already been immersed, with an understanding that to do so is an act of obedience and not a step of salvation, Valley Grove recognizes and celebrates that baptism with you. If you have been sprinkled, either as a child or adult, while we recognize that as a spiritual marker in your life, we believe that it is important for your spiritual journey to be immersed, and it is necessary for church membership.
Do you baptize children?
We do baptize children ages 5 and up. We want parents to be equipped to have these conversations with their children. The child and parent can then make the decision as to whether the child is ready for baptism. We want to ensure that a person understands the meaning of baptism before choosing to experience it. Our family pastor is also always available to meet with families during this process, contact him HERE.
What about infant baptism?
Because we believe baptism should follow a personal decision to follow Christ, we do not baptize infants. We do have parent dedication several times a year. This is a special time for parents to make a commitment before the Lord to submit a child to God’s will and to raise that child according to God’s Word.
How do I know if I am ready to be baptized?
Baptism is for anyone who has chosen to become a follower of Jesus. Baptism will not give someone eternal life. That comes through faith in Jesus. Baptism is a way of publicly identifying with Jesus.
How does baptism work at Valley Grove?
Baptisms are scheduled several times a year. If you are ready to be baptized, you may indicate you desire on the info card in the back of the pew and place it in the offering plate, email or call the church office, or talk with a pastor during or after the decision time at the conclusion of the service.