“Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.”
– Matthew 28:19 (NIV)
Baptism is one of two sacraments practiced by Presbyterians. We believe that in baptism, we are claimed by God as his beloved children and washed clean from sin. We are called to a new way of life as Christ’s disciples, sharing the good news of the gospel with all the world.
Baptisms of infants and children are performed during one of our regularly scheduled worship services. The pastor presides over the sacrament. Our Session (ruling Elders) authorizes baptism, and our congregation promises to contribute to the faith formation of all who are baptized here.
Baptism of adults in the PCUSA is for those who have never been baptized in any Christian church (whether as an infant or adult). We recognize any baptism done in the Trinitarian formula (Father, Son, and Holy Spirit) in a Christian church as valid. At Oakland, adult baptism usually happens concurrently with becoming an active member of our church. Those who wish to be baptized as adults meet with the Pastor for new member classes to learn about the history of our church and to discuss expectations as a church member.
To speak to our Pastor about the specifics of the sacrament of baptism at Oakland Presbyterian Church, please contact the church at 407-656-4452.