Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything that I have commanded you.—Matthew 28:19-20
Baptism is our welcome to the family of Christ. In baptism, we acknowledge and celebrate the grace of God, confess our sin, accept membership in the family of Christ, and vow to trust in and serve Jesus Christ as our Lord. Baptism is the outward and visible sign of our covenant (holy agreement) with God to accept God’s gifts of freedom and power and to grow in faith through the constant efforts of the Holy Spirit and the lifelong practice of prayer, study, service, witness, and worship.
In the United Methodist Church, baptism is a communal celebration; the congregation vows to nurture and support those being baptized – adults or infants. When infants are presented for baptism, parents, sponsors, and the entire community of faith pledge to surround the children with Christian nurture and teaching as the children prepare to profess and confirm their faith for themselves (often as young teens in a service call confirmation). Because of the congregational vow, baptisms performed for non-members are only done after the person or family attend our Coffee With the Pastors event to hear about the opportunity of making St. Peter's their home church.
Baptisms are held in either the Sanctuary (traditional services) or in the element (our contemporary services).