about Baptism at Canterbury

Baptisms can be held in the New Traditions (8:15 AM), Traditional Worship (10:30 AM), and Contemporary Worship (10:30 AM). Baptisms are not scheduled on the first Sunday of the month due to Communion.

Our Views on Baptism

We view baptism as a rebirth into God’s family; it is a time of enacting a covenant and making promises. In and through this initiatory act, God begins the process of salvation by expressing and conveying His gift of grace and love to your child, now and forever. Baptism is the beginning of a continuing process, a lifelong pilgrimage. It is something that is celebrated one day in the church, yet takes a whole life to finish. When children are baptized, the parents and the church are dedicated as instruments of God’s love and grace so that our children might grow in grace. 

What to Expect

The pastor will take your baby and sprinkle or pour water over him or her as a sign of the good things that are given and are yet promised. You will profess your faith and will promise to raise your child to live a Christian life. The church will respond with its faith and promises.   

Next Steps

  • Contact Paul McCracken at 205.874.1536 or paul.mccracken@canterburyumc.org.

  • Choose the date that works best for you.

  • Once the date has been chosen, you’ll fill out a form with information including the child’s name, date of birth, parents’ names, etc. This information is needed on the 15th of the month before the baptism.

  • A meeting is scheduled for you to meet with the minister who is performing the baptism if it is the firstborn child.

More Information

To learn more about baptism at Canterbury United Methodist, please download our baptism pamphlet.