Baptisms at First Church
Baptism is one of two sacraments in the Protestant tradition and is at the heart of the Christian community. In baptism, our church proclaims a child’s place in the heart of God, celebrating that they are held in divine love for all eternity. First Church Congregational has been celebrating baptisms in Methuen since 1729, including infants, children, youth and adults. All baptisms occur during worship, which is held weekly at 10 o’clock a.m.
You do not have to be a member of First Church Congregational for you or your child to be baptized here, though we will encourage you to attend worship among us as you prepare for your child’s special day. The pastor will meet with you to discuss the meaning of baptism, the promises made by parents and the congregation, and our hopes in opening the doors of our church to your family.
First Church Congregational has numerous traditions around baptism. The Deacons present the family with a rose, and our prayer shawl ministry presents a hand knitted (or crocheted) baby blanket. The pastor will prepare a baptismal certificate to be saved in your family records. Additionally, all baptisms at First Church are recorded in our historical records.
There is no fee for baptism, though a donation to our church will be appreciated. But even more appreciated will be the opportunity for our church family to get to know you and your family, and to welcome you among us. We hope you’ll plan to worship with us multiple times, and tarry for coffee hour afterward.