We offer this information about the sacred ritual of baptism at First Church West Hartford to help you understand the practice of baptism at our Congregational church as well as the broader Christian perspective and tradition to which we proudly belong. 

Baptism is an ancient practice. The long stretch of history tells us that Christians have celebrated baptism in every land over the past 2,000 years. 

Baptism is a sacrament. In fact, it is one of two sacraments celebrated in the United Church of Christ (UCC) – the other one being the Lord’s Supper or Communion. A sacrament is a tangible way in which God is present. 

Baptism is an act of worship. In our tradition baptism occurs in the context of worship on a Sunday morning, which gives substance to the promises made to provide a place, the church, for growth in Christian Faith to occur.

How Can I Learn More? 

The first thing to do is to make an appointment to meet with one of our pastors. Call 860-233-9605. During that appointment the pastor will get to know you and your particular desire for baptism. 

Check out this flyer for a few more details, and we look forward to speaking with you.