From the beginning, baptism has been the door through which one enters the church. It was inconceivable to many that one could respond to God’s grace by reciting the renunciations, affirming one’s faith in Christ and loyalty to the Kingdom, without joining the fellowship of those who are committed to mature in that faith. As the “Body of Christ” in the world, baptism commissions us to use our gifts to strengthen the church and to transform the world.Here you will find information on a United Methodist understanding of baptism and the steps for having a baby or child baptized at WUMC.
Why Baptize Babies?
From the earliest times, children and infants were baptized and included in the church. As scriptural authority for this ancient tradition, some scholars cite Jesus’ words, “Let the little children come to me…for it is to such as these that the kingdom of God belongs” (Mark 10:14). However, a more consistent argument is that baptism, as a means of grace, signifies God’s initiative in the process of salvation. John Wesley preached “prevenient grace,” the grace that works in our lives before we are aware of it, bringing us to faith. The baptism of children and their inclusion in the church before they can respond with their own confirmation of faith is a vivid and compelling witness to prevenient grace.
If you are interested in having your infant or child baptized at Williamsville United Methodist Church, please complete the Baptism Form, and then make an appointment to discuss this special service with one of our pastoral staff (716-634-4800).
You can learn more about the United Methodist understanding of baptism at Baptism: Overview. You can also read the Church's official statement on Baptism.