Baptism is the sign and seal of God’s covenant with all people. In baptism God promises by grace alone: to forgive our sins; to adopt us into the Body of Christ, the Church; to send the Holy Spirit daily to renew and cleanse us; and to resurrect us to eternal life. This promise is made visible in the water of baptism.
We rejoice in celebrating this sacrament for all infants and previously unbaptized adults. Much of our liturgy of baptism consists of promises made not just by the infant’ parents, or the adult being baptized, but also by the entire congregation. When someone is baptized at Greenpoint, we promise “to love, encourage, and support [them] by teaching the gospel of God’s love, by being an example of Christian faith and character, and by giving the strong support of God’s family in fellowship, prayer and service.”
Because baptism requires the congregation to make this promises, it occurs within the context of a worship celebration. We also ask that parents who seek the sacrament of baptism for their children plan to be a part of our faith community into the future so that we may live out our baptismal vows.
Baptism is offered throughout the year, and can be arranged by speaking with any of the church’s Elders or either of the pastors.