We receive our identity from others, from the expectations of friends and colleagues, from the labels society puts upon us, and from the influence of family. To become Christian is to receive a new identity. You no longer allow others to tell you who you are. Christ now claims you and instructs you. A Christian is one who has “put on Christ.” Baptism celebrates becoming that new person. That is why the church’s ritual begins with putting off the old, renouncing sin and the evil powers of the world, and pledging our loyalty to Christ.
Baptism is a sacrament of the United Methodist Church and is an outward and visible sign of an inward and spiritual grace. Through baptism we are initiated into Christ’s holy church and given new life through water and the Spirit. If you have not been baptized, then our church is ready to assist you in making this commitment. As an adult or teen, you will come on a Profession of Faith to receive baptism and confirmation.
To discuss and schedule an adult baptism and Profession of Faith, contact:
Martha Aenchbacher | | 706-543-1442, x214.
Infant baptism is extended to infants whose parents are members of Athens First United Methodist Church. We require that the parents be members of this congregation because infant baptism is a covenant promise that is made where both the parents and church body promise to support, raise, and love the child. If necessary, parents can join the church the same day that their child is baptized. Martha is glad to discuss this more with you.
To schedule an infant baptism, contact:
Katherine Hodges | | 706-543-1442 x207