What is infant baptism?
Both believers and their children are included in God’s covenant love. Children of believers are to be baptized without undue delay, but without undue haste. Baptism, whether administered to those who profess their faith or to those presented for Baptism as children, is one and the same Sacrament. The Baptism of children witnesses to the truth that God’s love claims people before they are able to respond in faith. (Book of Order W-2.3008)
Baptism, therefore, usually occurs during infancy, though a person may be baptized at any age. Parents bring their baby to church, where they publicly declare their desire that he or she be baptized. When an infant or child is baptized the church commits itself to nurture the child in faith. When adults are baptized they make a public profession of faith.
You may contact the church office by phone at 706-543-4338 or email to speak with one of the ministers to schedule a baptism during one of our worship services.
What does baptism signify?
The following list is taken from the Book of Order W-2.3004
- the faithfulness of God
- the washing away of sin
- putting on the fresh garment of Christ
- being sealed by God’s Spirit
- adoption into the covenant family of the Church
- resurrection and illumination in Christ
Unlike some denominations, Presbyterians do not require a person to be entirely immersed in water during baptism. Baptism is received only once. Its effect is not tied to the moment when it is administered, for it signifies the beginning of life in Christ, not its completion. The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) believes that persons of other denominations are part of one body of Christian believers; therefore, it recognizes and accepts baptism by other Christian churches.