At Prince of Peace, we believe that the sacrament of baptism is a beautiful life-changing event. In baptism, we trust that God is active in cleansing us from our sin, we are claimed as children of God and we receive the free gift of God’s grace.
Whether as an infant or an adult, we trust that in baptism, we are joined to the life, death and resurrection of Jesus!
Frequently Asked Questions
Are there classes or other PREPARATIONS for baptism?
Parents of children to be baptized are expected to meet with one of our pastors to review Lutheran theology as it relates to baptism as well as the logistics of the baptismal service.
Adults to be baptized also meet with a pastor.
Why Do We Baptize Infants?
As Lutheran Christians, we believe that baptism is a gift of God’s grace. Baptism brings us into the Church, Christ’s living body on earth. As the First Century church baptized whole families, including infants, so do Lutherans.
Upholding the ancient church’s practice of baptizing infants, Martin Luther argued that if, “… Baptism is made dependent on faith, we (would) scarcely ever arrive at the assurance of having sufficient faith and thus at the validity of our Baptism. … Baptism … points to the fact that salvation comes only from God.”
Does Prince of Peace Baptize Adults?
Yes! We invite all people to consider the sacrament of baptism, regardless of age. We also recognize Christian baptism from other denominations.
If you have already been baptized and are interested in joining Prince of Peace formally, learn more about our church in our Discovery Track adult education classes. New members are received into the community every few months.
Do We Need To Select Godparents?
At Prince of Peace, Godparents are known as ‘sponsors’. These individuals are practicing Christians that promise to be partners with the individual being baptized in modeling and encouraging one’s Christian journey.
Because we need need an entire community around us to grow in faith, sponsors are an essential part of Baptism and are not optional. You may choose relatives or friends. There is no requirement that sponsors be of a certain gender (such as one man and one woman) or a member of Prince of Peace or be Lutheran.
If you need assistance in finding sponsors, the pastors would be happy to identify someone from the congregation to fill this roll.