Christian baptism is one of two sacraments within the Methodist Church - Holy Communion being the other. Towards the end of Matthew's gospel Jesus gave instructions to his disciples to go and make disciples of all nations, 'baptising them in the name of the Father and of the son and of the Holy Spirit." (Matthew 28:19)
In the New Testament baptism is always accompanied by faith and there are many examples of people being baptised. In recent times baptism has become a sign of entry into the church. Water is one of life's essentials and can be life giving. In baptism it can symbolise washing away the old life - (ie cleasning from sin) or it can symbolise being buried with Christ and rising to new life.
Many Methodist Churches baptise using a font. A small amount of water can be used to make a sign of the cross on the forehead. Some other churches use a baptistry and baptise by full immersion.
There are times when it might be appropriate to baptise a baby or a small child. Household baptisms in the New Testament were always accompanied by faith. Important promises are made during a service of baptism, parents are encouraged to seek God and to be in fellowship with God's Church who also make promises. This helps to ensure that romises can be made and kept and the integrity and meaning of baptism is upheld for all concerned.
In the New Testament part of the Bible we find examples of many adults being baptised as an expression of their own faith in Jesus. This is one of the reasons why many parents choose to have a Blessing for their child which enables the child to make up their own minds about baptism when they are older.
Do get in touch with the minister if you would like to know more.
Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptising them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit...."