Baptisms at First Congregational Church of Branford
The sacrament of baptism is the rite of incorporation into the community and care of the Church. It symbolizes the cleansing forgiveness that is ours through Jesus and reminds us that God’s love is a gift, freely offered to all who will receive it.
In the United Church of Christ, people are baptized either as children or as adults. At the First Congregational Church of Branford, a United Church of Christ, our ministers baptize with water from the baptismal font. When we baptize infants and small children, we emphasize that God’s love comes before any conscious response on their part. The congregation offers its understanding and support to the child and promises to join the parents in showing God’s love for all. When adults are baptized, we emphasize that faith also requires a response of commitment on the part of those who choose to be followers of Christ.
We understand baptism to be a sacrament and therefore can not be private, but always shared in the context of the worshipping community. At the time of baptism, parents are promising to bring their child up in the Christian tradition. We believe that in order to keep the promise of bringing a child up as a Christian, the child’s parents must be a member of a worshipping community. Therefore, we usually do not baptize a child who does not have one of its parents as a member of a Christian church.
Should a request be received for the Baptism of a child whose parents are not members of this or any other Christian church, this request must be reviewed and approved by the Board of Deacons before the sacrament is offered.
Baptisms can be arranged by calling the church office, 203-488-7201, or contacting Julia Novaco at email@example.com