Baptism in our United Methodist tradition is a sacrament. This means that we believe God is present in a very special way in this sacred act. His grace and love touch the individual being baptized and the Holy Spirit then begins the work of leading the baptized individual on a journey of continuing to grow in Christ and to seek God’s will.
The water in baptism is emblematic of the grace of God which flows into all our lives and which, again, is especially present in this sacrament. We offer three modes of baptism – sprinkling, pouring, and immersion – and believe that each has full validity as a proper venue of God’s action upon the individual. For those who choose immersion, the sacrament must be offered at a setting other than our sanctuary.
We welcome your inquiry about this sacrament and look forward to helping you discern your readiness for taking this step and receiving this blessing. You may contact Mrs. Renee Pearl, Administrative Assistant to the Senior Pastor, for fuller information on our understanding of baptism and for the policies which guide the act itself. It is to be noted that persons baptized at Germantown Church, except for infants and younger children, must be ready to enter into full membership after the sacrament is offered.