In the Presbyterian Church (USA), we believe that the Sacrament of Baptism is the sign and seal of God’s grace and covenant in Christ. As the baptismal waters are placed onto the baptized’s head, it is a reminder to all of us of God’s faithfulness, that in Christ each of us are made new, and that we are welcomed with open arms into the covenant family of the church.

Holding each of these truths in our hearts, Fourth Church celebrates the Sacrament of Baptism on second Sundays during our morning worship services and on fourth Sundays during our afternoon worship service.

We baptize children each month as a witness to the belief that God’s love claims us before we are even able to respond in faith, asking that parents make a promise during the service to help their child grow in their faith. But although we believe that parents will play an absolutely vital role in this growth process, this entire church family is with them every step of the way, as the congregation makes promises to nurture each baptized child as well. 

There are two requirements for a child to be baptized at Fourth Church: at least one parent must be a member at Fourth Church (for more information about membership, click here) and, if this is your first child being baptized at Fourth Church, both parents must attend a baptism seminar before their child’s baptism Sunday.  These baptism seminars are typically scheduled on the first Sunday of each month and we ask that you register for the seminar and your child’s baptism date in advance.

Baptism Seminar Schedule | Baptism Sunday Information


For more information about baptism at Fourth Church, contact Briana Belding-Peck (312.274.3804).