So in Christ Jesus you are all children of God through faith, for all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ.
Jesus commands His followers to “go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit” (Matthew 28:19). The book of Acts tells many stories of baptism as practiced by early Christians. And, one important thing learned from these stories is that the early Christians baptized entire households. Baptism is a gift from God offered to all as a “mark of faith” in Jesus Christ.
Because of this, Nazareth provides infant baptisms, child baptisms, youth baptisms and adult baptisms. Though an infant certainly cannot deduce that Jesus is Savior and Lord, baptism is a public statement of faith by parents. Baptism is not an end in itself. It is the planting of the seed of faith which will be nurtured by parents, sponsors and the church over the days, months and years to come.
For the sake of order in the church, ordained pastors who are called to the public ministry of Word and Sacrament preside at a baptism. In extraordinary circumstances, any Christian can baptize someone with any kind of water in any kind of setting “in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.”
Public baptisms are typically held in our worship services on the second Sunday of each month. However, the option of having a private baptism is also available.
At Nazareth, faith-building milestones are an important part of growing in Christ. And, we want to do all we can to encourage and equip families as they celebrate these milestones along the journey. We invite all families who are planning to schedule a baptism to join us for a required pre-Baptism class.
The next class will be held on April 19 following the 10:45 service and lasts until approximately 1:15 A light lunch is provided and child care is available. Future classes will be held on the first Sunday of the following months: June, August, November, and February. These classes are designed to:
- Provide parents with logistical information about baptism on Sunday mornings.
- Explain the meaning, purpose and Biblical knowledge behind baptism within the Lutheran Church.
- Provide resources and information about how to disciple your children and the importance of the parent role.
- Discover what opportunities Naz has to offer to parents AND children.
- Connect with other couples in similar stages of life.
Contact Lori Fegley at 266-7589 or firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up for the Pre-baptism class or to schedule a baptism.
For more information on the Pre-baptism Class, contact Meg Husted at email@example.com.