In the tradition of United Methodist Church, baptism is a crucial threshold we cross on our faith journey. Baptism is the holiest of moments and incorporates your child and you into the Body of Christ. It lasts into eternity. Your faithfulness in living the vows of baptism will bring your child into a living knowledge of Jesus Christ and His love. It is a joy and honor to share such a significant moment with your family.
a sacrament of initiation into the catholic (universal) church;
a sign of God’s forgiveness and our new life in Jesus Christ;
the beginning of the growth process in grace that leads us to love God and neighbor and to follow Jesus;
a gift of God that is received as a sign of God’s love for us.
Baptism Preparation Please review this information so that you and your child will have a wonderful experience on this important day:
To receive the date and time you prefer, please contact Mathilde McCann at least one month in advance.
At least one parent or grandparent of a child being baptized must be a member of St. Francisville United Methodist Church.
If you are not a member of St. Francisville United Methodist Church, you may choose to join prior to or during the baptism moment.
You will receive an email with all baptism information needed prior to your child’s baptism. If you have any questions once you’ve received this, please let us know.
Baptisms can be scheduled for either the 8:30 am worship service or the 10:45 am worship service.
Full immersion baptism can be arranged off-site for older children, youth and adults if desired.
The Baptism Day Our church looks forward to the baptism of your child. For your comfort and convenience, please note the following:
Cancellations: We understand if you need to cancel or your baby gets sick at the last minute. Please notify Mathilde McCann.
Arrival: There will be one pew reserved for you and your family on the left side of the pulpit. Please be in your pew 10 minutes before the service begins.
Mementos: A baptism certificate and gift from the church will be given to you as mementos of your child’s baptism.
We Understand: We are accustomed to cries, coos and unexpected events that young infants and children bring to the day. If your child is older and appears to not want to go to the pastor, they may ask you to hold the child while they baptize them.
Frequently Asked Questions
How many people may come to the altar with us? We encourage all family and friends to join you at the altar.
Are we allowed to leave during the service? The extended family and friends are expected to stay for the service. If necessary, you may take your child to the nursery.
What does my child need to wear? Children customarily wear white baptism gowns or outfits.