Baptism/Dedication – Christ Church at Grove Farm

Baptism/Dedication

Let the little children come to me and do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of heaven.” People were bringing little children to Jesus to have him touch them, but the disciples rebuked them. When Jesus saw this, he was indignant. He said to them, ‘Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. I tell you the truth, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.’ And he took the children in his arms, put his hands on them and blessed them.”   
~ Mark 10:13-16 ~

“Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.” ~ Proverbs 22:6 ~

Why do we baptize our children?

“The Bible teaches that the sign of salvation is to be applied to the children of believing parents.  In the Old Testament, circumcision was the sign.  In the New Testament, baptism is the sign.  The baptism of our children (paedobaptism) symbolizes the reality that they are set apart in the sight of God (I Corinthians 7:14).  In this baptism, parents covenant (they promise by God’s grace) to raise their children by the direction of their Lord.  Such a baptism calls a child from his earliest days to confess Christ as his/her Savior.

It is God Who initiated, drew the terms of, and seals His covenants with His people.  He graciously binds Himself to the promises of God’s Word.  And He calls His children and His children’s children to keep His covenant and know His blessing from generation to generation.” (Colossians 2:11-14)

If you would like to be baptized or have a child baptized, please fill out the online application below and you will be contacted with further details. (Upcoming Baptism dates are on the application).

[1] Rev. Dr. John P. Sartelle, What Christian Parents Should Know About Infant Baptism, page 22, Presbyterian and Reformed Publishing Company.

immersion baptism

Immersion Baptisms will be done at various times throughout the year. If you would like to be baptized by immersion, fill out the online application below. (Upcoming Baptism dates are on the application).

Why do we dedicate our children?

If a parent(s) believes that baptism (credobaptism) should not be accomplished until their child comes to know Christ as Savior and Lord, then they present their child for dedication.  As in infant baptism, dedication is a ceremony through which Christian parents dedicate (present) their infant to God and make a promise to raise their child in godly ways, believing that their child will come to know the Lord personally as their Lord and Savior, later in life. The sacrament of baptism involves water as an outward sign, while dedication does not.

If you would like to have your child dedicated, please fill out the online application below and you will be contacted with further details. (Upcoming Dedication dates are on the application).

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contact

If you have any questions, contact Pastor Doug Raraigh at 412-741-4900, ext. 159 or draraigh@ccgf.org.  

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