Baptism is an introduction into the life of the New Church. Parents who baptize their infants are promising God that they will raise their child according to His order. Adult baptism is a spiritual promise: it represents a willingness to be led by God's truth.
Baptism does not mean agreeing with or understanding everything you have heard in a New Church context. It means you believe the basics: the Lord God Jesus Christ is the one God, a person is meant to live according to God's teachings in order to grow towards heaven, and that the Old and New Testaments, as well as Swedenborg's Writings, are a revelation from the Lord. If you can answer affirmatively to each of these points, you are ready!
Why be baptized?
Baptism initiates a powerful internal shift. Taking a stand about your beliefs changes how you view yourself. This ripples out into the rest of your life. Being baptized also alters your spiritual associations (the angels and spirits who are in your subconscious environment). Contact us if you have questions.
Consult with your nearest General Church pastor and schedule a baptism service. This sacrament may be public (as part of a church service, or with family & friends), or it may be a private service. If you have any questions, please contact us.
People who have been baptized as children can, as adults, confirm the commitment that their parents made.
Why be confirmed?
Confirmation strengthens your spiritual associations, and symbolizes that you are taking charge of your own spiritual life. It is also an opportunity to define your personal beliefs. Should you wish, you can compose a belief statement to read during the confirmation service.
Consult with your nearest General Church pastor and schedule a confirmation service with him. This rite may be public (as part of a church service or with family & friends), or it may be a private service.