Baptism and Confirmation
According to the Methodist Worship Book, baptism (or
Christening) marks entry into the One Holy Catholic and Apostolic
Church, of which the Methodist Church is part. The Methodist
Church, like most denominations of the Christian Church,
administers the sacrament to both adults and young children.
Is there an alternative to baptism for our
Some people choose to have an Act of Thanksgiving after the
Birth or Adoption of a Child.
How do we go about getting our child
Parents wishing to have their children baptized should approach
their local Methodist minister at the earliest possible moment. The
minister will be able to explain what's involved. This may involve,
in some cases, parents being willing to undertake a number of
Do different denominations have different
There is one baptism, which is recognized by all the mainstream
Churches that baptize infants, including the Methodist Church and
the Church of England.
Can you be baptised as a child and as an adult - for
instance if you return to the Church after a break?
In the Methodist Church baptism as an infant would normally be
followed by confirmation and reception into membership at the point
where the person wishes to take on the commitment and
responsibility of Christian discipleship for themselves and to play
a full part in the life of the Church.
This is best summed up in the Methodist Worship Book: "In
Confirmation, those who have been baptized declare their faith in
Christ and are Strengthened by the Holy Spirit for continuing
discipleship. Confirmation reminds us that we are baptized and that
God continues to be at work in our lives: we respond by affirming
that we belong to Christ and to the whole People of God. At a
Service of Confirmation, baptized Christians are also received into
membership of the Methodist Church and take their place as such in
a local congregation."
There is no obvious difference in understanding, for example,
between the Methodist Church and the Church of England about
Confirmation itself. However, the Church of England does not have
any strong sense of "membership" of the Church of England (so, for
example, there is no transfer of membership when a person moves
from one area to another).
This For You: The meaning of baptism in the Methodist
Available available from Methodist Publishing - Ref PA186
For further information
The first point of contact is your local
church where the minister can discuss baptism with