Baptisms in Bemidji
Dedications in Bemidji

Baptism & Dedication

The Covenant Church celebrates both the sacrament of baptism for adults, youth, children, and infants as well as the dedication of infants and young children. To participate in our next scheduled baptism celebration or dedication and to prepare yourself or your child for that sacred moment, choose from the following options below.

About Baptism

Baptism is the sacred (or special) use of water, commanded by Jesus Christ, to signify God’s cleansing of our sins and our welcome into the family of God. Jesus says in Matthew 28:19-20, “Therefore, go and make disciples of all nations (people), baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”

Baptism is not HOW you get saved, it shows that you ARE saved. Baptism doesn’t get you INTO heaven, it shows that you’re a child OF heaven. Baptism isn’t just about what you’re doing, it’s more about what God has done and is doing in you. When we’re baptized, we’re marked with the sign that we belong to Jesus.

The Methods of Baptism

While we prefer immersion (going all the way under water) for adults, the preferred method of baptism for infants is sprinkling or pouring. Since baptism is not the means of salvation (faith is the means of salvation) nor is water the active agent in the cleansing of our sin (it is God who cleanses us of our sin through faith) the method is not as significant.

Adults

ABOUT ADULT BAPTISM

Baptism is a sacrament – the sacred use of water, commanded by Jesus Christ, to signify God’s cleansing of our sins and our welcome into the family of God. Jesus says in Matthew 28:19-20, “Therefore, go and make disciples of all nations (people), baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”

Baptism is not HOW you get saved, it shows that you ARE saved. Baptism doesn’t get you INTO heaven, it shows that you’re a child OF heaven. Baptism isn’t just about what you’re doing, it’s more about what God has done and is doing in you.  When you're baptized, you're marked with the sign that you belong to Jesus.

A visible sign of God's invisible grace, cleansing you of your sin.

  1. Acts 22:16 says, "And now what are you waiting for? Get up, be baptized and wash your sins away, calling on his name.”
  2. It’s not the water that washes your sin away. It’s God who washes your sin when you put your faith in Jesus. The water signifies that washing.

A sign of your faith in Jesus and a way of showing everybody else that you are a Christian (a follower of Jesus)

  1. 1 Corinthians 12:12-13 says, "Just as a body, though one, has many parts, but all its many parts form one body, so it is with Christ. For we were all baptized by[a] one Spirit so as to form one body.”
  2. All of us, young and old are in the same family, baptized by the same Spirit, into the same faith.
  3. Baptism shows that we all belong to God’s family.

A sign that you are a child of God and welcomed into of the family of God, the Church.

  1. Romans 6:4 says, “We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life."
  2. Going under the water represents both Jesus dying and going into the grave and God putting your sin to death
  3. Coming up out of the water represents Jesus raising back to life and God raising you to new life, free from slavery to sin

Youth

About Youth Baptism

Parents, we value our partnership with you and entrust to prepare your teen for their baptism. To assist you with their preparation, read together the explanation of baptism below. Ask if they understand it and if they have any questions.

Then, for the sake of repetition and review, have them read to you the bolded talking points, pausing every now and then asking them if they understand what they're reading.

You'll be contacted by our staff to explore any questions you may have and to help you be ready for the day of your teen's baptism.

A sign that God has cleansed you of your sin

Acts 22:16 says, "So what are you waiting for? Get up and call on his name. Be baptized. Have your sins washed away.” It’s not the water that washes your sin away. It’s God who washes your sin when you put your faith in Jesus. The water represents that washing.

A sign of your faith in Jesus

A sign of your faith in Jesus and a way of showing everybody else that you are a Christian (a follower of Jesus) Romans 6:4 says, “By being baptized, we were buried with Christ into his death. Christ has been raised from the dead by the Father’s glory. And like Christ we also can live a new life." Going under the water represents both Jesus dying and going into the grave and God putting your sin to death Coming up out of the water represents Jesus raising back to life and God raising you to new life, free from slavery to sin.

A sign that you are a child of God

A sign that you are a child of God and welcomed into of the family of God, the Church. 1 Corinthians 12:12-13 says, "There is one body, but it has many parts. But all its many parts make up one body. It is the same with Christ. We were all baptized by one Holy Spirit [God]. And so we are formed into one body.” All of us, young and old are in the same family, baptized by the same Spirit, into the same faith. Baptism shows that we all belong to God’s family.

Kids

About Kids Baptism

Parents, we value our partnership with you and entrust to you the decision of when your child should be baptized and encourage you to prepare them well for their baptism. To assist you with their preparation, read together the explanation of baptism below. Ask if they understood it and if they have any questions. Pause and discuss it anytime you need.

Then, for the sake of repetition and review, have them read to you the bolded talking points, pausing every now and then asking them if they understand what they're reading.

You'll be contacted by our staff to explore any questions you may have and to help you be ready for the day of your child's baptism.

A sign that God has cleansed you of your sin

Acts 22:16 says, "So what are you waiting for? Get up and call on his name. Be baptized. Have your sins washed away.” It’s not the water that washes your sin away. It’s God who washes your sin when you put your faith in Jesus. The water represents that washing.

A sign of your faith in Jesus

A sign of your faith in Jesus and a way of showing everybody else that you are a Christian (a follower of Jesus) Romans 6:4 says, “By being baptized, we were buried with Christ into his death. Christ has been raised from the dead by the Father’s glory. And like Christ we also can live a new life." Going under the water represents both Jesus dying and going into the grave and God putting your sin to death Coming up out of the water represents Jesus raising back to life and God raising you to new life, free from slavery to sin.

A sign that you are a child of God

A sign that you are a child of God and welcomed into of the family of God, the Church. 1 Corinthians 12:12-13 says, "There is one body, but it has many parts. But all its many parts make up one body. It is the same with Christ. We were all baptized by one Holy Spirit [God]. And so we are formed into one body.” All of us, young and old are in the same family, baptized by the same Spirit, into the same faith. Baptism shows that we all belong to God’s family.

Baby

Why Baby Baptism

Our study of the Scriptures leads us to understand that baptism is not merely the public proclamation of our faith in Jesus Christ, with the emphasis on what we're doing...publicly proclaiming. Our study reveals that:

While, for the adults of the New Testament, baptism followed faith, for the infants of households that were baptized together (Acts 16:15, 33; 1 Corinthians 1:16; see also possibly Acts 10:47-48), baptism would have preceded faith. Baptism in the New Testament serves as the mark of belonging among God's people in the same way that circumcision (which occurred when an infant was 8 days old) served as the mark of God's people in the Old Testament (Colossians 2:11-12).

For adults in the New Testament, baptism pointed backward to the moment they put their trust in Jesus and received God's grace by faith. For any infants in those New Testament households that were baptized, that mark would have pointed forward to the moment they put their trust in Jesus and received God's grace by faith.

When an infant is baptized, they are welcomed into the family of God and are raised by the family of God knowing Christ as their Savior until they choose to either confirm that faith or reject that faith.

Your Baby's Baptism

Baptism is a sacrament – the sacred use of water, commanded by Jesus Christ, to signify God’s cleansing of our sins and our welcome into the family of God. Jesus says in Matthew 28:19-20, “Therefore, go and make disciples of all nations (people), baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”

Baptism is not HOW you're baby gets saved, it shows that your baby IS saved by your faith on his behalf until he rejects it. Baptism doesn’t GET your baby into heaven, it shows that your baby is a child OF heaven by your faith on their behalf.

Baptism isn’t just about what you’re doing, and it certainly isn't about what your baby is doing. It’s more about what God has done through Christ and is doing in you and your baby. When your baby is baptized, she is marked with the sign that she belongs to Jesus until she rejects him.

The Day of the Baptism

  • Dress nicely, you'll be on stage and there'll be lots of pictures taken!
  • Plan to have your baby's sponsors on stage with you.
  • Meet in the Friends Chapel 30 minutes before the service begins (8:30AM for 1st Service, 10:15AM for 2nd Service). The Friends Chapel is located at the front of the sanctuary behind the stained glass windows. Be sure all sponsors or family members are with you. We'll get you familiar with the plans for the service.

Complete This Form

This form should be completed as soon as possible and no later than 7 days before the baptism.

A visible sign of God's invisible grace, cleansing your baby of sin.

  1. Acts 22:16 says, "And now what are you waiting for? Get up, be baptized and wash your sins away, calling on his name.”
  2. It’s not the water that washes your baby's sin away. It’s God who washes his sin away when you put your faith in Jesus on your baby's behalf. The water signifies that washing.

A sign of your faith in Jesus and a way of showing everybody else that you, and your baby, are Christian (followers of Jesus).

  1. Romans 6:4 says, “We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life."
  2. Going under the water represents both Jesus dying and going into the grave and God putting the bondage of your baby's sinful nature to death.
  3. Coming up out of the water represents Jesus raising back to life and God raising your baby to new life, free from slavery to sin.

A sign that your baby is a child of God and welcomed into of the family of God, the Church.

  1. 1 Corinthians 12:12-13 says, "Just as a body, though one, has many parts, but all its many parts form one body, so it is with Christ. For we were all baptized by[a] one Spirit so as to form one body.”
  2. All of us, young and old are in the same family, baptized by the same Spirit, into the same faith.
  3. Baptism shows that we all belong to God’s family.

Dedication

Why Baby Dedication?

This service is rooted in the biblical celebration of the blessing of birth and life. It recalls Jesus blessing of the children as a sign of the kingdom of God (Mark 10:13-16). It proclaims the message of God’s saving deeds in Christ for all, including children.

Parents wanting the blessing of God on their child but believe that baptism is to be reserved for those who make a conscious choice in confession of faith. Grateful for the gift of a child (Psalm 127:3), the parents are accepting their responsibility of nurturing the child, filling their home with the love and grace of God and naturally seeking God’s help and wisdom.

When God has blessed us with the precious gift of a child, it seems right to respond to God with thankfulness and a fresh commitment. The emphasis in the baby dedication is on the personal pledge of parents to raise them in a way that is pleasing to God. This baby dedication is an indication of the parent’s desire for their child to one day make that personal commitment of faith in Jesus Christ. Parents who dedicate their child look forward to the day when the child hears the word, repents, believes and is baptized.

In bringing your child to the community of faith to be dedicated, you are acknowledging your desire and the child’s need for the gathered church to help children come to faith and to grow in faith throughout their lives. During this service the community of faith also commits to the responsibility of care for and nurturing both the child and the parents in deepening faith in Jesus Christ.

The Day of the Baptism

  • Dress nicely, you'll be on stage and there'll be lots of pictures taken!
  • Plan to have your baby's sponsors on stage with you
  • Meet in the Friends Chapel 30 minutes before the service begins (8:30AM for 1st Service, 10:15AM for 2nd Service). The Friends Chapel is located at the front of the sanctuary behind the stained glass windows. Be sure all sponsors or family members are with you. We'll get you familiar with the plans for the service.

Complete This Form

This form should be completed as soon as possible and no later than 7 days before the baptism.

The Day of the Baptism

What To Expect

Wear shorts. We'll give you a shirt. Bring a towel and extra clothes.

Meet in the Friends Chapel:

  • 1st Service - 8:30AM,
  • 2nd Service -10:15AM
  • Wednesday FUEL - 5:30PM,
  • Compass - 7:30PM.

Bring sponsors & family.

Summer Baptisms

Lakeside Baptism

Location - Oak Hills Christian College beachfront.
Time - 2:00PM. No need to arrive early.
Wear shorts & t-shirt. Bring a towel.
You can wear sandals/water shoes.

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