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FAQs: Baptism


What does The United Methodist Church believe about baptism?

Baptism is the act of God through the grace of Jesus Christ and the work of the Holy Spirit. Read More

Do I have to be baptized in order to be saved?

No, but baptism is a gift of God's grace to be received as part of the journey of salvation. Read More

What is the appropriate age for baptism?

Our teaching on baptism is found in By Water and the Spirit. Learn more here. Read More

Is sprinkling the only way that United Methodists baptize?

Our church has always offered to people being baptized and to the parents of infants the choice of sprinkling, pouring, or immersion. Read More

May I be baptized again?

No, baptism is an act of God, and God does it right the first time. Read More

Does The United Methodist Church accept the baptism of other denominations?

Yes, The United Methodist Church recognizes the baptism of other Christian denominations. Read More

Does baptism make me a member of the church?

Learn the answer to this question about baptism. Read More

How should water be used when baptism is being reaffirmed?

Baptismal Covenant IV in The United Methodist Hymnal is a powerful ritual of reaffirmation which uses water in ways that remind us of our baptism. Read More

Where can I find a record of my baptism?

United Methodist records of baptism are kept by the local church. Read More

May we have our baby dedicated instead of baptized?

Learn more about infant baptism in The United Methodist Church. Read More

Do I have to choose godparents when I have my child baptized?

Parents may choose a person or persons to serve as a godparent. However, godparents are not required in The United Methodist Church. Read More