Baptism & Communion
What is Baptism?
“Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them
in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,
and teaching them to obey everything that I have commanded you.
And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” (Matthew 28:19-20)
Baptism is one of two sacraments of the Presbyterian Church (USA). Baptism functions as a sign and symbol of inclusion in God’s grace and covenant with the church. Both believers and their children are included in God’s covenant love. Baptism signifies the beginning of life in Christ, not its completion.
The Presbyterian Church is ecumenical and recognizes baptisms of other Christian churches. You need be baptized only once, whether as a child or as an adult.
Ordinarily, the parent(s) or one(s) rightly exercising parental responsibility shall be an active member of the congregation. The Session may consider a request for the baptism of a child from a Christian parent who is an active member of another congregation.
When an adult is baptized, they are making a profession of faith claiming that Jesus Christ is Lord and Savior of their life. Baptism is just the beginning of a person’s faith journey. GPC walks alongside people who make this significant step in their life – helping them grow as followers of Christ.
Baptism always happens during a full Sunday worship service, because it involves the whole covenant community.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, baptisms are being postponed until the congregation can worship in person together.
Whether you call it the Lord’s Supper, Communion or even Eucharist, you are welcomed at the table. We celebrate communion each month, typically on the first Sunday. In Communion we are reminded of the saving work of God from the beginning of creation through the ministry of Jesus Christ and into the present through the guidance of the Holy Spirit in our lives. We don’t just remember; we are also transformed. As we share the elements we are lifted into the presence of God and bound to believers in every time and place. Communion is celebrated with common bread and grape juice. We believe that all people have a place at the table. That means we provide gluten-free bread for those with dietary restrictions.
More information is available in the Children and Communion booklet.