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Baptisms

What a joyful event! Baptisms are a celebration of faith and family. At Community Church of the Pelhams, baptisms are performed during the regular Sunday worship service.

What does baptism mean?

In the United Church of Christ, we understand baptism differently depending on whether one is an adult or a child. By sprinkling the head of an adult with water in the name of Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, we honor that person's decision to seek a life patterned after the teachings of Jesus. With the baptism of a child, we are reminded that God's love claims us even before we are old enough to claim it for ourselves, and we pledge as a church family to share and teach that love to our children.

Who can be baptized?

While most Christians are baptized in infancy, people of any age are eligible for this sacrament. If you would like to read the baptism liturgy to get a sense of the service, we would be happy to share it with you. Also, please note that the United Church of Christ does not practice re-baptism. Once you are baptized, it lasts forever!

Do I have to be a member of the church to have my child baptized there?

No. Nor do you need to be a member of the United Church of Christ. Almost all Christian communities recognize the validity of the sacrament of baptism across denominations, and we would be honored to welcome you or your child into the family of faith. (Please note that whether you are a member of CCP or not, there is no fee for this service.)

For more information, please contact:

Rev. Maxwell Grant: maxgrantMG@gmail.com

Church Secretary, Virginia Rios: (914) 738-1513 or ccpuccchurch@aol.com

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