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Celebrating new life through baptism

Baptism is the joyous celebration of a personal decision to follow Jesus. Jesus himself was baptized as a public expression of his faith. Baptism is an external declaration of our inward transformation.

Symbolism of Baptism

Baptism symbolizes our union with Jesus’ death, burial and resurrection, and that as believers we were buried with Jesus and raised with him. Baptism symbolizes the passing of our old life and the beginning of our new life as a Christian. Though baptism does not save us in and of itself, it does allow us to demonstrate publicly that we have chosen to follow Jesus. By believing in and following Jesus, we are given the gift of everlasting life with him.  

Method of Baptism

The Greek New Testament word for baptism means “to dip or immerse.” At Westwood, we follow this example. We believe that baptism is for everyone who believes in Jesus’ saving work and has chosen to follow him.

When We Baptize

Outdoor baptisms are typically held in June and September, and we will be holding our Easter Baptism again this year. Classes and appointments are offered in preparation prior to baptism for adults, students and kids:

Kids and Middle School Students (9 years old – 8th grade)
In the first session, you will learn the meaning, history and importance of baptism and the second session is for sharing your faith story with a pastor. At least one parent must attend the class with their child or student.

Adults and High School Students (9th grade and older)
Learn the meaning, history and importance of baptism and practice sharing your faith story.

Check Upcoming Events for information on our next baptism and to register for classes.


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