What happens at baptism?

Baptism initiates a covenant of relationship between God and the baptized person and between the church and the person who is baptised. When you are baptized or affirm your baptism, the congregation enacts God's grace toward you and welcomes you into the community of faith. As a response to God's gracious initiative, you will be asked to pledge your loyalty to the life and ministries of The United Methodist Church and to promise to uphold the local church with your prayers, presence, gifts and service. As a baptized Christian, you will be part of the universal church and part of a particular community of Christians where you are known and watched over in love.

Baptism is one of two sacrements that United Methodists recognize. (The other is the Lord's Supper.)

What We Believe About Baptism

  • Through baptism we are joined with the church and with Christians everywhere.
  • Baptism is a symbol of new life and a sign of God's love and forgiveness of our sins.
  • Persons of any age can be baptized.
  • We baptize by sprinkling, immersion or pouring.
  • A person receives the sacrament of baptism only once in his or her life.

If you would like more information about being baptised at Brecksville United Methodist Church, please contact the church office to arrange a time to speak with our pastor.