What is an appropriate age for baptism?
Since the first days of the Christian Church, infants and adults have been baptized. We believe God is the one who acts at baptism through the earthly element of water connected to his unshakable Word. When infants are baptized, parents make promises for their child until the child is old enough to affirm these promises for themselves (typically around age 14).
Do I have to be a member?
No. Baptism is open to all who believe and wish to be baptized in the name of God the Father, Jesus Christ the Son, and the Holy Spirit, whether you are a member of Our Savior’s Lutheran Church or not. While congregation membership is not a requirement, we do believe a person is joined to the community of faith through baptism. In baptism, commitments are made to enter a life-long journey of faith within a congregation. We encourage families to be connected to a faith community. If you do not have a church home, please consider Our Savior’s as your church family.
What if I was raised in another faith tradition?
We believe there is only one lifelong Christian baptism in the triune God (In the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit). There is no need to “re-baptize” when someone comes to the Lutheran church from another Christian faith, or if someone who has been baptized feels they have fallen away from the faith. God’s word at baptism holds firm!
One or more persons of your choosing will stand with you during the baptism. Sponsors have a calling to encourage the child in Christian faith. Sponsors can be any family member or friend who is a baptized Christian.
Can I do a private baptism?
We do not perform private baptisms at Our Savior’s. Baptism is entry into a community of faith, where the people of Our Savior’s make promises to love, support, and pray for the child.
Our pastor is glad to provide baptism on an emergency basis. In cases of a life-threatening situation, a person may be baptized by any Christian with water from any source “in the name of the Father, Son, & Holy Spirit.” Should a person die before a baptism can take place, in place of baptism, we commend the person to God’s promises of life and salvation revealed in Jesus.
I’ve been baptized. What now?
Baptism is not a “one and done” event. Whew, I got that out of the way! Baptism is rather the first milestone in a life-long journey of faith in community with other believers in the world we are called to work and serve. If you are baptizing your child, you are making promises to teach them the Christian faith, to bring them to worship and Sunday School, and to attend worship yourself. It’s important you work on your own spirituality to help them grow theirs. With the help of your sponsors and church, you will continue to teach them about God’s love through Jesus Christ hopefully through their own affirmation of baptism and beyond in a lifetime of service.