Baptism is a gift of God (Father, Son and Holy Spirit) in which He gives us faith in Him. He connects the baptized to the benefits of Jesus’ perfect life, sacrificial death on the cross and victorious resurrection. He calls the baptized by name and says, “You are mine!” He gifts us with forgiveness, abundant life, and the promise of paradise in heaven. And, He promises to be with us; not against us, but present and on our side now and forever.
Jesus also says “Do this in remembrance of me.” When we participate with other believers around the world, throughout time, we are together remembering that He died upon the cross for us. The fact that we believe in His perfect life, suffering and death on the cross, and triumphant rising from the dead makes us One! (I Corinthians 10:16-17)
Consider who will be the godparents/sponsors for your child. Remember that godparents will be taking on a spiritual responsibility for your child (praying for and encouraging spiritual growth). They should share our faith in the Triune God, are Christian and are in an active relationship with Jesus. There is no “magic” number of godparents.
Whoever you choose will feel very honored. Remind them that this is a life-long commitment. They do not have to be relatives. They should model their life as a Christian living out their faith. Your chosen godparents will be given a sponsor card stating the baptism date and their responsibilities in this role which are:
Remember my godchild in personal prayers
Recognize my godchild on his/her baptism birthday
Remind my godchild of his/her covenant with God
Do all to keep my godchild faithful to the Christian faith
Planning the Baptism
Plan the baptism as soon as possible AFTER the child is born.
Schedule the baptism BEFORE the baby is born. Contact our Baptism Coordinator in the church office, 414-529-6700, and let us know when you would like your child baptized. Also, if you have a preference in the pastor performing the baptism, please let us know at that time. We will also ask you some information for our church records and for the baptismal certificate.
Because the gift of baptism is given to God’s people, we encourage families to have baptisms done during the worship service. Please note that we have baptisms during non-communion services.
On the day of the baptism, please arrive no later than 20 minutes before the start of the service. The pastor performing the baptism will meet with you to discuss what will happen during the service. He will remind you that no pictures with flash are to be taken during the service. However, pictures can be taken after the service.
If you have questions or would like more information about baptism at Hales Corners Lutheran Church, please contact our Baptism Coordinator at 414-529-6700.