Baptism

Chad Pippin

At Big Valley Grace Community Church, we practice baptism by immersion, which best represents the death, burial, and Resurrection of Jesus (Romans 6:1-5) and symbolizes the burial of the old self and the emerging of a “new creation” in our own lives as we seek to walk and grow with Christ (2 Corinthians 5:17).

Salvation is a gift that is given freely by God through the complete and atoning sacrifice Jesus made for us on the cross. According to the New Testament, baptism is the first visible expression of our faith. We are compelled to be baptized because Jesus both commanded it and modeled it.

Several times throughout the year at Big Valley Grace, we provide opportunities for people to stand before family and friends and confess that Jesus Christ has saved them from sin and death and given them new, abundant & eternal life through faith in Him. These people have identified with Jesus Christ’s death on the cross and His resurrection from the dead. They have called Him Lord and intend, by His grace and power, to continue following Him. Through their baptism in water they announce to the world the inner cleansing and renewal that comes through faith in Jesus Christ. They are boldly witnessing to the fact that Jesus Christ has set them free to walk in the newness of His life and His love.

We encourage everyone who claims to be a follower of Christ to be baptized as an outward expression and testimony of faith.

Baptism Process

There are several steps involved in the Baptism process.

There are two separate applications for baptism; one for younger than 12 years of age and one for 12 years of age and older.  Please be sure to fill out the correct application.

Baptism Application for age 11 and younger

Baptism Application for age 12 and older

We offer two different classes, one designed for adolescents/adults (age 12 and above) on the 1st Saturday of every month led by David Moore and Rick Elliot, and one designed for students (age 12 and below) led by Top Flight Kids’ Ministry.

After filling out the baptism application, we will follow up with you about attending the appropriate baptism class.

After completing the Baptism Class we will coordinate and schedule the date & time of your actual baptism via email and online sign ups.

Our goal is to provide around 2-3 weeks of lead time before you are scheduled in order to allow for friends and family to put it on their calendars.

After signing up for your baptism gathering time and date, we will provide information to you about the gathering via email the week before your baptism.

After your baptism has been completed you will receive a Baptism Certificate.

In addition to our live stream, we also make video recordings of the actual gathering available for you to share with friends and family who couldn’t be there.

Baptism FAQs

River baptisms are held during the summer months on Sundays at 4:00pm (when scheduled) in the Stanislaus River at 2601 Ladd Rd, Modesto, CA (a winding driveway) between Carver and American Ave.
Absolutely! …as long as each family member understands the meaning of baptism, and each one has personally placed his/her trust in Jesus Christ for salvation.  Children under 12 are asked to complete a baptism class led by Top Flight Kids’ Ministry.

There are limitations to the amount of people we can baptize in one service, and spots will up quickly.

There isn’t an age minimum requirement for baptism.  We don’t practice infant baptism, but believe that once a child is old enough to profess faith in Jesus Christ, they are old enough to be baptized.

More on What We Believe

During the children’s baptism class that is led by Top Flight Kids’ Ministry, we can help assess whether or not your child is ready to be baptized.

They can Watch Live while the gathering is happening.  If they are unable to do that, we  provide links to the baptism portion of each Gathering through our website for them to view when they are available.  These are usually available sometime midweek after the Gathering.

This only applies to baptisms that happen in our Gatherings.  We do not provide any alternative way to view River Baptisms.

We provide a T-Shirt to every person who is baptized, whether that is a part of our Gatherings or at the river.  We would encourage you to bring a pair of shorts to wear as well.

Bring a change of clothing, a towel, and a plastic bag for your wet clothes.  Changing rooms will be provided for baptisms at the church.

For those who are being baptized at the river, you will also want to bring an old pair of shoes to wear.

Unfortunately, we are not able to accommodate requests for specific pastors. Because of the large amount of people being baptized at each service, we assign one pastor to baptize for that service.

Absolutely!  While we do believe in full immersion for baptism, we would never want a physical limitation to deter someone from participating.  Please let us know if you have any particular physical limitations on your Baptism Application.

Baptisms take place during our weekend Gatherings, usually during the first 20-30 minutes (on the dates they are scheduled).

River baptisms take place Sunday evenings at 4pm (on the dates they are scheduled).