Thank you for your interest in infant baptism at Second. We are happy to provide some practical guidelines that we hope you will find helpful.
Considerations for Parents
Normally, at least one parent should be a member and currently on the roll at Second Presbyterian Church.
First-time parents are asked to attend the Baptism Class at least a month before their requested baptism date (please contact our office for class dates and baptism dates).
Parents who have previously attended the Baptism Class and are requesting baptism for a second or subsequent child are not required to attend the class again. Rather, one of our pastors, or the pastor over their Congregational Community, will meet with them informally.
We will do our best to honor requested baptism dates and service time preferences in accordance with these guidelines and in the order in which requests are received.
Parents should download and complete the application form, and return a completed form to our office.
Please feel free to contact Rachel Walker at 507-7883 or if you have any other questions.
Why do we baptize infants?
We believe that baptism is:
- A sign and seal of God’s covenant promise to grant the benefits signified by it to all who exercise faith in the redemptive work of Christ alone;
- To be applied to a child of believing parents and marks entrance into the covenant community.
We do not believe that baptism creates in, or confers the grace of salvation to, any child (or adult). It does not wash away sins. Rather, salvation comes only through trusting by faith in Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord.
Shorter Catechism Question 95 Westminster
Q. To whom is baptism to be administered?
A. Baptism is not to be administered to any that are out of the visible church, till they profess their faith in Christ, and obedience to him; but the infants of such members of the visible church are to be baptized.
“The promise is for you and your children, and for all who are far off – for all whom the Lord our God will call.” Acts 2:39