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Is it a requirement to be members of the church in order for our child to be baptized?
No, parents are not required to be a member of the church but at least one parent must be a baptized Christian. However, entire families have been baptized together and First Presbyterian welcomes all children and families who wish to be baptized. During the sacrament of baptism, parents presenting children for baptism promise to nurture and guide their child until they are ready to make a personal profession of faith (Confirmation) and make their own choice to become an active member of the church.
Are there any classes, examinations or training that need to be completed before our child can be baptized?
No, there are no formal classes, examinations or training. The process is quite simple and begins when you complete the Baptism Request Form. Once the form is submitted, the pastor will contact you and schedule a time to talk face-to-face. The purpose of the meeting is to familiarize you with the meaning of baptism in the Reformed (Presbyterian) tradition and answer any questions you may have about the church. After the meeting, your request for baptism will be forwarded to the governing body (Session) for their discussion and approval. Once they approve the baptism request, the pastor will contact you regarding any final details for the baptism.