What is Baptism?

Throughout the history of the church, Baptism has been one of the two ceremonies believers are commanded to observe, the other being the Lord's Supper or Communion. Baptism is the ceremony that portrays the beginning of a person's spiritual life in Jesus Christ; as such it is an outward, visible sign of a person's inner commitment to Jesus Christ.

Being baptized does not save you. It is an act of obedience to demonstrate that you have been saved. Jesus Himself was baptized and instructed His disciples to baptize others. When we follow Jesus in baptism, we are making a public declaration that we belong to Christ and that we now have new life in Christ.

You may come from a church tradition where you were baptized as an infant. At Valley, we believe that baptism by immersion in water is to occur after a person makes his or her own decision to follow Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord. So in choosing to be baptized, you may now affirm the intent of your parents who baptized you with the hope that you would follow Christ.

When can I be baptized?

Valley offers baptisms several times each year. After completing a mandatory Baptism Class and a brief interview, you can be ready for this exciting step of Christian growth!

The next opportunity to be baptized will be at our annual River Baptism on July 31, 2022. 

Prior to baptism, we require each individual to participate in a baptism class.  We hold baptism classes before each Baptism event.  Students and Adults may register for the Baptism class, which will be held Monday, July 11, 2022, at 6:30 p.m. at Valley Avon.