Baptism at New Hope
Baptism is the way we confess Christ as an initiation into His Church. In baptism, Christians are immersed in water, symbolizing Christ’s plunge into our world’s suffering to die and rise again for our salvation. This is the way He gave for us to identify ourselves as His disciples. Though baptism is an act of saving faith, it does not and cannot save us: only Jesus does that! It’s an outward expression of an inward experience of faith.
If you are interested in being baptized or have any questions, please contact Kellie Arabak.
Parent/Child Dedication is more than a ceremony, and it is not infant baptism. It is an opportunity for parents to take time to really think about what will matter the most in the life of their child; to decide what they value and what they can do today that will have the greatest impact on their child’s future. When parents stand on stage with their children, they are dedicating themselves as parents, to do their best to raise their children to love and obey the Lord in the context of a supporting Christian community of peers and caring adults.
We offer Parent-Child Dedications on a quarterly basis (March, June, September, and December). Parents and children arrive before the Sunday service (9:30 or 11am) to go over a few things with the dedicating pastor. Dedications usually take place at the beginning of the service to allow for kids to head downstairs afterward and enjoy the Kids Community service. We encourage you to invite your friends and family to join you during the dedication service to help you celebrate your new commitment!
What about baptism?
Once a child has made his or her own personal profession of faith in Jesus Christ, and understands the basics of sin and redemption through Jesus’ death and resurrection, that child is eligible for baptism (see above), and their parents may express their support through participation in the baptism ceremony, rather than Parent/Child Dedication.
How do I sign up?
Connect with LeRoy Lee, stop by the Info Center on a Sunday morning, or simply write “Parent-Child Dedications” on your Connection Card next time you’re at New Hope. In the weeks leading up to a Parent Child Dedication, we will have additional sign-up sheets available at the Info Center.