In baptism, we are symbolically “marked” as one of Christ’s disciples, welcomed into the church family and begin a new life in Christ. Baptism becomes one step on a life-long journey of discipleship. It is far from being a one-time ritual. As with any commitment, advance planning is required, so we recommend that you contact us at least two months before your desired date. To begin the baptism request process, please contact Sarah Seccombe at firstname.lastname@example.org or 847-234-6250. Additional questions can be answered during your pre-baptism counseling session with one of our pastors.
Frequently Asked Questions
- worship with us on Sundays;
- visit the nursery with your child;
- have a cup of coffee in Fellowship Hall afterward;
- stop and chat with a pastor; and/or
- join a Bible study group.
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At what age should my child be baptized?
At any age! God loved and claimed your baby before birth so we can celebrate that at any time.
What if I’m not a member at First Pres? Can my child still be baptized here?
In order for baptism to have integrity, only parents committed to nurturing their children within a church family should have their children baptized. For that reason, one or both parents will ordinarily be active members of First Presbyterian Church’s worshipping community. If you are considering having your child(ren) baptized here, we encourage you to
Get to know the church family and let us know you, so that we can better support you as you consider baptism for your child(ren).
We will gladly consider requests from parent(s) who are active member(s) of another Christian congregation but who have a particular connection to First Pres (e.g. they grew up or were married here, etc.).
Why is this necessary?
In baptism, the congregation of First Presbyterian Church vows: “We promise to guide and nurture these children by word and deed, with love and prayer, encouraging them to know and follow Jesus, and to be a faithful member of this church.”
We take this promise to heart! We share God’s love every week in the nursery, Sunday School, worship, and Pre School. We encourage children to lead us by singing in worship, we enthusiastically plan and staff an exciting week of Vacation Bible School so that they might experience God, and we welcome them to the Communion table where they are nourished by Christ. We want to get to know your children, and to fulfill our promises to them and to you.
My spouse and I are of different faiths/denominations. Can we still have our child baptized here?
We would love to counsel you through your family’s options. If you wish to raise your child in the Presbyterian Church, and one parent is able to make the baptismal commitments, then we are privileged to conduct a baptism here. If you would like to raise your children with a commitment to both faith traditions, we will gladly welcome them with a blessing or presentation in worship.
Can we have godparents for our baby as part of the service?
In the Presbyterian Church, the entire congregation takes this role, promising to support the parents in providing a Christian upbringing for the child(ren); therefore, godparents are not required. Parents who wish to have godparents for their children are very welcome to invite them to participate in the service as the baby’s sponsors.
When do baptisms occur?
Baptisms occur only within a worship service of the congregation. Usually this is the second Sunday of each month, at 9 or 11 a.m. (10 a.m., June-August, and December), although there are several exceptions, so please see below for this year’s dates.
2019 BAPTISM DATES
Confirmation is a time for 8th graders to explore their faith, learn about the Christian and Presbyterian traditions, and grow in community with one another. When a baby is baptized in a Presbyterian Church, the parents and the whole church make vows to lovingly raise that child in the Christian faith. When you reach a certain age (in our church it’s 8th grade), you are given the opportunity in confirmation to claim that faith as your own. Click here to find out more about confirmation.
When you face a loss, contact the church and ask to speak with our Director of Congregational Care Donna Birney or any of our pastors. The pastor will work with you and your family through the difficult process of planning a funeral or memorial service. Scripture tells us that “in life and death we belong to God.” We believe that the enduring promise of God’s love will sustain us in our time of loss. We offer our church’s ministry as a visible sign of that love. The funeral or memorial will celebrate the gift of the life of the deceased individual and glorify and honor God in whom we put our faith. To find out more, contact Donna Birney at email@example.com.
We are delighted that you are considering First Pres for your wedding. A wedding ceremony, above all else, is a celebration of the sacred covenant between two people and the Lord our God. The music, readings and liturgy of this church service will be rooted in Christian traditions and will honor and glorify the God who joins the couple in Christian marriage. Download our Wedding Guide for further details or contact Donna Birney at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. To secure your event, fill out the Wedding Information Form. (This form is also found in the Wedding Guide.) If you are not a member of First Pres but would like to get married here. Please fill out our Non-Member Query. (This form is also found in the Wedding Guide.)