Baptism is a powerful sacrament by which God claims us as his child and promises to be our God, washes us clean as the sign of his acceptance of us and welcomes us into the family of Christ that is the Church.
At University, we take baptism seriously. It is not something to be entered into lightly or without careful consideration. As United Methodists we celebrate baptisms of infants, children and adults. If you are an adult seeking baptism for yourself, you are invited to come forward during the invitation at one of our worship services, or make an appointment to speak with your campus pastor to learn more about baptism.
In infant or child baptism, the parents of the child are making promises on their behalf – promising to raise them in the Church and help prepare them for the day they will make their own decision to follow Christ as Lord and Savior. Therefore, we do everything we can to ensure our parents understand the depth and meaning of the Sacrament of Baptism.
If you are interested in presenting your infant or child for baptism, the video below is one part of your journey toward the day of baptism. You will also get a chance to meet one on one with the pastor who will be performing the baptism. Below, there is also information about the entire process of preparing for baptism as well as links to our baptism policy and the paperwork needed to begin the process.
What is next?
If you wish to present your child for baptism, at least one parent or guardian must be an active member of University United Methodist Church. If you are not yet a member and wish to join, contact Rich Holt our Director of Outreach at firstname.lastname@example.org. He will explain our Pathway to Membership and answer any questions.
We also ask that you be in worship at least two times in the six weeks prior to scheduling a baptism. If you attend worship regularly and sign in, you are already set. If not, you can begin signing in or collect the u|news from two different weeks.
Members should contact our Baptism Coordinator, Laura Ibarra and email@example.com. She will explain the process and send out a packet of information and the necessary paperwork to get started. You may also download the information and paperwork electronically below and get started right away. When you have completed all the steps, you can mail, drop off, or scan the documents and email to Laura.
Next, if you haven't done so already, watch the video above. Just to make sure you have picked up the main points, download and fill out this answer sheet. (It will also be provided in the packet.) If you have any questions about the video or are unsure about the answers, don't worry, you will have a chance to ask the pastor performing the baptism.
Now, download and fill out this Infant/Child Baptism Request (also in the packet.) This way we can make sure we have all the right information about your child and your preferences for when and where the baptism will be.
Just one more form. Download the Baptism Covenant (also in the packet.) Fill it out and sign it. We will eventually return this to you so that you may remember your promises to God in your child's baptism.
Return all completed forms to Laura Ibarra and you will be contacted to confirm scheduling and to set up a meeting with the pastor performing the baptism.
If you have any questions, contact Laura Ibarra, firstname.lastname@example.org or 210.696.1033.