What is Baptism?

Baptism is immersion in water and is symbolic of Jesus’ burial and his resurrection back to life. The believer identifies with Jesus in this ceremonious act, or mimicry of “having been buried with him in baptism, in which you were also raised with him through faith in the powerful working of God, who raised him from the dead” – Colossians 2:12.  The believer goes down fully into the water (burial of Christ), then comes back up (Christ’s resurrection), and is now baptized into Christ. As Jesus instructed, be baptized ” in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit” – Matthew 28:19-20. It is your right of passage into Christ!

baptism by lake

When to be baptized?

Normally, anytime – “why wait?”. However, this is New England and TWC baptisms are normally performed during the warmer months, as we don’t have our own resource. TWC Baptisms are held in a nearby lake when we have our Annual Church Picnic & Baptism event.

Please contact the church’s office at 860-228-4442 to schedule an appointment with the Pastor for your baptism.

Can I be baptized without believing in Jesus?

It’s important to keep in mind that you state and are agreeing with God and everyone around that you have given yourself to Jesus Christ. Believe first, then be baptized.

Who can be baptized?

Anyone who has placed their faith in Jesus Christ can be baptized.

Are babies baptized at TWC?

The Worship Center doesn’t typically baptize babies, though we don’t frown upon it. Rather, Baby Dedications are performed by the Pastor and Elders before the congregation during any Sunday morning service it is scheduled for. Relatives are welcome.

Is this a public or private act?

Typically, water baptism is a public declaration and a special act of devotion solely to Jesus Christ; the antithesis being a public denunciation of Satan and one’s evil ways or devotions not associated with God and Christ. Water baptism is best celebrated together, much like a marriage wedding. But don’t let it stop you if you’re a bit on the shy side. Schedule a private one.

Want to be baptized?

Then, believe in Jesus and be baptized. It’s that simple! Call the church office at (860) 228-4442 to schedule your appointment today.

More on Baptism

In the Bible, the prophet John called Israel to return to God through water baptism in the Jordan River Matthew 3, John 1:19-34. This was a call to national cleansing, forgiveness, and renewal of faith in God that prepared the hearts of the Jews for Messiah’s arrival, which was at hand. After Jesus’ ascension, whenever people believed in him as the Messiah they were baptized “at once”. For example, an Ethiopian eunuch wanted to be baptized by the apostle Philip the moment he believed that Jesus was the Messiah, the Son of God – Acts 8:36-38. Elsewhere, three thousand people “accepted Peter’s message” about Jesus and were baptized that very day – Acts 2:40-41.  There really is no rule. You may wait for a more convenient time. However, there’s much indication that Jesus’ apostles didn’t waste any time between belief and baptism, and encouraged new believers by saying, “Why wait?  Rise and be baptized and wash away your sins, calling on his name” – Acts 22:16.