Arranging a Baptism
If you would like to register for baptism please click HERE to complete the registration form. When we receive your registration, we will contact you to set up a meeting with a pastor.
If you would like more information on Baptism, please contact our church administrator by phone at 757-496-2620.
What We Believe About Baptism
Baptism is the sign and seal of God’s covenant of grace (His promise to be our God and have us as His people), reminding us that His love claims us, in Jesus Christ, long before we ever come to know this love personally. This amazing grace is a mystery that we cannot quite grasp. 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. We believe that persons of other denominations are part of one body of Christian believers; therefore, we recognize and accept baptisms by other Christian churches.
Baptism is almost always administered as part of a worship service. Baptism must be authorized by the Session and performed by a minister. At Wycliffe Presbyterian we baptize two groups of people. The first group consists of men, women, and children who demonstrate both a genuine faith in Jesus Christ and a desire to join the church family. The second group consists of the infants and children of Wycliffe Presbyterian members.
Why do we Baptize infants?
We believe children have a right to the covenant sign, which in the New Testament is baptism (in the Old Testament the sign was circumcision). The New Testament witness points to Baptism as the replacement for circumcision (Colossians 2:11-12), a promise that extends to children of believers (Acts 2:38-39). We encourage families to present their children for baptism without undue haste and yet without undue delay.
Wycliffe Presbyterian is committed to partnering with parents in nurturing children that they might come know, love, and serve Jesus Christ. In presenting your children for baptism, know that we are committed to walk alongside you and encourage you in the discipleship of your child. Baptism calls for children and adult to make subsequent decisions at every step of the journey, responding to the continual invitation of Christ to follow after Him—as a way of life.