Hey Parents! This is a page devoted to baptism for kids who are in 2nd through 5th grade! While baptism is AWESOME, it is NOT FOR EVERYONE. The Bible teaches that only people who trust in Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior should be baptized. This means baptism is not for infants.
Meck's next baptism weekend is April 16/17 - it is SO IMPORTANT to us that we designed a class all about it! Every child who wants to be baptized at Meck must take MecKidz Baptism Orientation with their parents. The next classes is April 12.
There are three reasons why a Christian should be baptized:
First and foremost, it is to follow the example set by Jesus.
"At that time, Jesus came from Nazareth in Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan." - Mark 1:9
Christ commanded it.
"Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit." - Matthew 28:19
It demonstrates that you are a follower of Christ.
"We know that we have come to know him (Jesus) if we keep his commands." - 1 John 2:3
Baptism is a symbolic act that illustrates two things:
Christ's death, burial, and resurrection.
"Having been buried with him in baptism, in which you were also raised with him through your faith in the working of God, who raised him from the dead." - Colossians 2:12
Your new life as a Christian.
"We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life." - Romans 6:4
Baptism is just a symbol; it isn't what makes you a Christian. Only your faith in Jesus does that. Baptism is like a wedding ring; it's the outward sign of the commitment you made in your heart. (Ephesians 2:8-9)
The Bible says that everyone who is a believer in Jesus should be baptized. A believer is someone who…
Realizes their sin separates them from God
Believes Jesus' death on the cross is the only thing that can bridge the gap between themselves and God
Trusts Jesus alone for salvation
Follows Jesus as Lord
If those things are true of you, you should be baptized! (Acts 2:41; 8:12-13)
In case you were wondering, baptism by immersion means that you get dunked completely under the water when you get baptized.
Baptism by immersion is important because…
It is how Jesus was baptized
"As soon as Jesus was baptized, he went up out of the water." - Matthew 3:16
Every baptism in the Bible is by immersion
"Then both Philip and the eunuch went down into the water and Philip baptized him." - Acts 8:38
The word “baptize" literally means “to dip under water."
It best symbolizes Christ's burial and resurrection
The founders of the major denominations (including Martin Luther, John Calvin and John Wesley) emphasized immersion.
All instances of baptism in the New Testament occur after an individuals decision to trust Jesus alone for salvation (see Acts 2:41; 8:12; 10:47-48). This means we wait to baptize until a child is old enough to believe and understand the true meaning of baptism. MecKidz Baptism Orientation is designed to help parents understand if their child is ready for baptism.
In the Bible, we see parents bringing their children to Jesus. He held them and prayed for them and told us to welcome them. Jesus did not baptize the children, and he did not tell anyone else to baptize them.
We see in the New Testament that only those who intentionally receive salvation should experience baptism. If your child has not experienced believer's baptism, even though they were baptized as an infant, the full meaning and significance of baptism has yet to take place in their life. We strongly encourage your child to be baptized as a believer in Christ.
At Meck we do not administer infant baptism, however, we do offer baby dedications for parents who want to commit to raising their infant in a Christian home.