WHERE, WHEN & HOW?
You can choose to be baptized in the sanctuary during the 9:15 a.m. or 10:45 a.m. worship service (with water from our baptismal font sprinkled or poured on the head) OR later Sunday afternoon in the Grove City College indoor swimming pool. Those baptized in the pool will do so by immersion under the water.
Adults who profess faith in Jesus as Lord and Savior and who have not been previously baptized, including as infants.
Children who profess faith in Jesus, and who, in the judgement of their parents and an East Main elder or pastoral staff member, have sufficient, age-appropriate understanding of what baptism signifies.
The following explanation explains baptism simply and well:
Baptism is a symbol. It is meant to show the world that you love, trust, and have put your hope in Christ. It’s like a wedding ring.
Let’s say I’m not married right now, but if I put a wedding ring on my finger, would that make me married? No, of course not. Similarly, I can be baptized in a church, but that doesn’t make me a true believer in Christ. Imagine that I really was married, though. My husband and I really did go through that marriage ceremony, but I didn’t have my ring on my finger. Would that mean I wasn’t married? No way, of course I would still be married. Similarly, I can be a believer in Christ but not baptized, and my sins are still paid for and forgiven by God. But imagine that I truly was married and I really really loved my husband. Would I wear my wedding ring? Of course! I would love my husband and want the whole world to know it! In the same way if I have trusted in Christ to save me from sin, and He is the lord and joy of my life, then I want everyone to know about it. So baptism is a statement to everyone who sees it that I have trusted Christ for my salvation and I’m committed to living for Him.
A KEY PASSAGE FROM THE NEW TESTAMENT:
Going under the water was a burial of your old life; coming up out of it was a resurrection, God raising you from the dead as he did Christ. When you were stuck in your old sin-dead life, you were incapable of responding to God. God brought you alive – right along with Christ! Think about it! All sins forgiven, the slate wiped clean, that old arrest warrant cancelled and nailed to Christ’s cross. – Colossians 2:12-14, The Message trans.
WHAT DO I NEED TO DO?
1. Indicate your interest by contacting the church office via firstname.lastname@example.org or 724-458-8270
2. Meet personally with Pastor Bill or Pastor Melissa or one of our current elders.
3. Briefly share your story of coming to faith in Christ and being His follower, either in writing or verbally via video.