The Presbyterian Church baptizes both children and adults—children of believing parents, and adults who have come to faith in Christ.
The baptism of a child or infant is intended to signify God’s love of the child, and express the parent or parents’ commitment that the child will have a Christian upbringing. According to Presbyterian faith and tradition, the church community also promises to raise and support the child being baptized to know God and love others. At Starr, we present children with a special gift at their baptism. It is a great celebration for the whole church.
When adults are moved by the Spirit to join our church family, there are several options. If you are a member of another church, you can request to receive a letter of transfer. If you’ve been baptized before but have been out of the church for some time, you can publicly profess your faith in Jesus Christ before the church, and be received as a member. If you have never been baptized but wish to receive Christ as your Lord and Savior, you can be baptized before our congregation; in many ways this is the most joyful celebration of all.
Periodically, we hold confirmation classes for young people who have been baptized and would like to learn about professing their faith in Christ, or for young people who have not been baptized and would like to learn about Christ before receiving the sacrament. We take confirmation seriously and ask young people to present a special project to our church session; we hold a special confirmation service in which the confirmands are invited to preach the Word, sharing what they have learned.
We hold new member classes periodically, and can also meet with those interested in membership to work with the Pastor on a one-on-one basis. If you’re interested in membership or want to learn more about becoming a follower of Christ, you can contact our Pastor at firstname.lastname@example.org.