WHAT IS BAPTISM?

Baptism is the visible sign of God's invisible gifts of forgiveness, adoption, and love. In the Lutheran church, baptism is understood as a sacrament: a special act commanded by Jesus, given with a physical element (water), and a means by which God gives us grace. Baptism is God's totally free gift to us.

AN OPPORTUNITY

Baptism is a call for an individual to begin a new life in God's family regardless of their age or intellect. When parents have children baptized, it is also a call for them to recommit themselves to providing a Christian home that is the warmest, most loving, and nurturing environment possible. Parents are the first, the best, and the most credible models for their children. Through their own Christian life and commitment to God, they will shape their child's image of God. Parents will have more of an impact than all the preachers and teachers he or she will ever know.

BAPTISM, TEACHING, AND GROWING

Baptism and teaching go hand in hand. Chapel of the Cross promises to support the home as the primary environment for faith formation. We believe that parents are their child's first and best teachers. In addition, we offer many classes to support the home as both children and adults grow in knowledge and love of Jesus as Lord.

SCHEDULING YOUR CHILD'S BAPTISM

If you would like to schedule a baptism, please call the church office at 636.928.5885. One of the pastors will speak with you about the baptism and will arrange the date and time of this wonderful sacrament. It is our desire that baptisms generally take place during a regular worship service at Chapel. It only makes sense to have as many of the Chapel "family" members present as possible to witness and celebrate the event. Their care, prayers, and support for the person being baptized will begin in a special way on that day and become a valuable resource in the future. Members of Chapel take their responsibility seriously.