In those days Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan. And just as he was coming up out of the water, he saw the heavens torn apart and the Spirit descending like a dove on him. And a voice came from heaven, “You are my Son, the Beloved; with you I am well pleased. Mark 1:9-11
Before he began his public ministry, Jesus was baptized as a way of setting an example for those who would follow him. It is through the events of Jesus’ baptism that we are, therefore, able to learn what baptism also means for us. Just as baptism marked the beginning of Jesus’ ministry, baptism also marks the beginning of new kind of life for those who follow him. It is a life that is marked by the presence of the Holy Spirit, God’s blessing and acceptance, and a renewed sense of family.
Our Exploring Baptism classes, offered during lent, are for those interested in being baptized or reaffirming their faith; as well as, parents wishing to have their children blessed or baptized. Classes are offered at different points throughout the year.
Eastside Exploring Baptism: This is a four-week exploration of the basics of the Christian faith for Adults who have never been baptized, parents of little ones who will be blessed or baptized, as well as those who would like to affirm their faith or simply refresh on basic Christian theology.
Kids (2nd – 5th grade) interested in baptism, please email Beth.
Youth (6th-12th grade) interested in baptism, please email Ginny.
Westside Exploring Baptism (6th Grade-Adults): This is a four-week exploration of the basics of the Christian faith. This class is for Adults and Youth (6th grade and up) who have never been baptized, as well as those who would like to affirm their faith or simply refresh on basic Christian theology.
Westside Kids (2nd-5th grade): For children in 2nd-5th grade who are considering baptism or an affirmation of faith. The class explores the basics of the Christian faith and the character of God in order to prepare for this significant step.
Westside Small Children (Infant-1st grade): Trinity Kids Exploring Baptism class is required for parents of kids (Infant – 1st Grade) who will be blessed or baptized. However, this 4-week course is open to all caregivers who are looking to engage their child’s faith with intentionality. We will discuss liturgies of the home, spiritual formation of children, as well as the theology of blessing and baptism.
At Trinity baptisms and blessings take place on Sundays during the Easter season. Adults and youth (2nd grade and up) are baptized by immersion. We affirm and practice a dual approach to the baptism and blessing of small children. Parents with may choose to have their little ones either ceremonially blessed or baptized.
Those who have been baptized but who wish to affirm their faith, adults as well as youth and children, are invited forward for prayer and blessing.
If you would like to learn more about baptism at Trinity and our beliefs regarding the Sacrament of Baptism, we’ve written a short whitepaper. You can find it here.