Baptism is the universal ritual of initiation into the fellowship of followers of Jesus Christ known as the Church. Christians, whether adults or infants, are baptized with water in the name of the Holy Trinity: Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Baptism is one of the two holy acts mandated by Jesus—the other is the sacred meal known as the Eucharist.
While people are baptized as individuals, they are baptized into a community of faith that promises to persevere in resisting evil, forgive one another as God has forgiven them, seek and serve Christ in all persons, strive for justice and peace among all people, strive to safeguard the integrity of God’s creation and renew the life of the Earth. Parents bringing children for baptism make a commitment to nurturing them in the faith and life of the Christian community.