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.
1. We offer two different classes, one designed for adolescents/adults (age 12 and older) on the 1st Saturday of every month and one designed for students (age 11 and younger). To attend the adult class, please register for 1st Saturday. If you want to be baptized this month, but the 1st Saturday class has already passed for the current month, contact LoriB@bvg.org. For information regarding the Kid’s Baptism Class contact SharonB@bvg.org.
2. There are two separate applications for baptism: one for age 11 and younger and one for age 12 and older.
Baptism Application for age 11 and younger
Baptism Application for age 12 and older
3. After completing the Baptism Class and application, we will coordinate and schedule the date and time of your actual baptism via email and online sign up.
4. 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.
River baptisms are held during the summer months on Sundays at 4pm (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 the Kid’s 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 fill 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.
During the Kid’s Baptism Class that is led by Kids’ Ministry, we can help assess whether or not your child is ready to be baptized.
They can watch live while the Weekend Gathering is taking place. If they are unable to do so, 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 Weekend Gathering.
This only applies to baptisms that happen in our Weekend 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 Weekend Gathering 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 during the Weekend Gathering.
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 Weekend Gathering, we assign one pastor to baptize for that gathering.
Absolutely! While we do believe in full immersion for baptism, we would never want a physical limitation to deter someone from being baptized. 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).