Baptism

Baptism

Your decision to be baptized may be one of the most important you will make as a follower of Jesus Christ. We believe that baptism is not for the purpose of joining the local church but to express your decision to follow Jesus Christ.

What is Baptism?

  • Baptism is a statement of identification with the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ. In baptism, we’re illustrating that we have died to our old, self-centered ways, are buried in the water, and are raised up as new—spiritually alive for the first time.

  • It's a public confession to the personal Lordship of Jesus Christ. Life is no longer about what I want, but rather, what God wants to do with my life.

    "I tell you the truth, no one can see the kingdom of God unless he is born again." John 3:3

Steps to Be Baptized

  • Choose a date & register. Baptisms take place during the worship portion of the weekend service, and are regularly scheduled throughout the year.

  • Choose someone to baptize you. Anyone who has accepted Christ and has been baptized as a believer can baptize you.

  • Attend a required Baptism Class. In class, we will learn about the reasons for baptism and a bit about the weekend itself. We offer both adult and child baptism classes simultaneously. The kid's class is designed for ages ages 8-13. See information below for more information on baptism for children.

Register for a Baptism Class

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Baptism for Children

Has your child expressed an interest in being baptized?

Please attend an interactive baptism class for children that covers the material of the adult baptism class in an age-appropriate way. Our Vineyard Kids Team will share what it means to receive Jesus and follow Him, including why a believer chooses to be baptized. We will partner with you in assessing your child’s readiness for this important step of faith.

Before the baptism class, please go over the Baptism Home Guide with your child. Complete #1-4 of the Home Guide with your child and bring it to the baptism class you have registered for. This pre-work must be completed before attending the class.

Child Baptism FAQ’s

Are there age requirements for the parent/child class?

This class is designed for kids age 8-12. Age 8 is a good time to begin thinking about baptism, as children at this age have generally entered a new stage in their overall development that allows for a more memorable and meaningful experience of baptism. We want to support you well by providing the best possible input for your child's spiritual formation, especially for this important decision which will impact their life-long journey of faith.

Is this a required class for children to be baptized at the Vineyard? Must a parent attend?

Yes and Yes

Do I need to bring anything to the class?

Yes. Parents: Go over the Baptism Home Guide with your child before class. Complete #1-4 of the Home Guide with your child and bring it to the baptism class you have registered for. This pre-work must be completed before attending the class.

Baptism Home Guide

What happens in the class?

This 1-hour class includes teaching, storytelling and object lessons, as well as facilitated conversations between parents and children. Each child will have the opportunity to share their story of becoming a believer and why they want to be baptized. Parents receive class notes and a home guide to talk over with their kids and bring back completed on baptism weekend. You will also confirm your child's registration for baptism, receive information regarding logistics and share a time of communion and prayer.

Should I encourage my child to be baptized?

Telling stories of baptism in natural conversations and reading from the Bible about it are great ways for parents to encourage their children. However, it’s wise to wait until your child expresses interest. That often indicates they are ready or beginning to be ready for baptism.

Does baptism result in salvation for my child?

No. Our understanding from Scripture is that baptism is a step of faith and obedience for those who are already believers. It’s an outward sign of an inner reality, and so it follows salvation, rather than confirming salvation.

Who can I talk to if I have questions about my child’s readiness?

You may contact Andy Bowman, K-4 Pastor, by email at andy.bowman@vineyardcincinnati.com or by phone at (513) 671-0422 Ext. 171

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