Baptism – Summer 2021

Meaning: In the Presbyterian Church (USA), we believe that the Sacrament of Baptism is the sign and seal of God’s grace and covenant in Christ. The waters of baptism are a reminder to all of us of God’s faithfulness, that in Christ each of us are made new, and that we are welcomed with open arms into the covenant family of the church.

We baptize children as a witness to the belief that God’s love claims us before we are even able to respond in faith, asking that parents make a promise during the service to help their child grow in their faith. But although we believe that parents will play an absolutely vital role in this growth process, this entire church family is with them every step of the way, as the congregation makes promises to nurture each baptized child as well.

Requirements: There are two requirements for a child to be baptized at Fourth Church: at least one parent must be a member at Fourth Church (for more information about membership, click here) and, if this is your first child being baptized at Fourth Church, parents must attend a baptism seminar before their child’s baptism Sunday. These baptism seminars are typically scheduled on the first Sunday of each month and we ask that you register for the seminar and your child’s baptism date in advance.

Scheduling: We are currently offering one baptism slot each Sunday at 9:00 a.m., and all baptisms – children or adult – are scheduled through Briana Belding-Peck. These baptisms are recorded so the congregation can see and welcome the newest members of our church family; baptism videos are generally included in worship on the second Sunday of the month.

Guests: We are currently allowing families to have guests attend the baptism, with a maximum of 15 people. Families will be welcomed at the Delaware entrance and let into the building and led to Borwell Dining Room. Masks must be worn at all times, and we encourage hand sanitizing upon entry.

Families and guests are encouraged to park in garage at 900 N. Michigan Ave. Parking vouchers are available at the reception desk which brings the parking fee to $8.

For more information about baptism at Fourth Church, contact Briana Belding-Peck (312.274.3804).