Our Life, His Story

God controls every detail of our lives (Acts 17:26-27). We are his children, and as we grow in our Father, he will bring us to some truly monumental moments in our faith. It is in these photo-album moments of our faith – and in all the tiny, day-to-day moments in between – that we get a glimpse of God’s sovereign plan and where he’s brought us on our journey of living for him.


Baptisms

Our Statement of Faith says the following concerning baptism:

“Jesus Christ has instructed those who believe in Him to be baptized in water as a symbol of their new birth in Christ. Baptism would be by immersion and is only for those who have personally believed in Christ.”

At Summitview, we believe that baptism is an action to align ourselves with Jesus Christ publicly. Much like a wedding ring, it does not make us married but it does tell the world that we are “spoken for.”

Baptisms are held during our Sunday morning service. Our next baptisms will be Sunday, September 24. If you want to get baptized, please strongly consider attending our baptism class, which is Sunday, September 10. The person baptizing you is also encouraged to go through the class with you.

Email the main office at debbiecampbell@summitview.com to let us know you’re interested. We typically require the names of the individual being baptized and the individual who will be baptizing him or her. Please indicate if you will be attending the baptism class.
According to the Scriptures, any baptized believer can perform a baptism. Typically, this is someone who has had an influence on the spiritual journey of the individual being baptized.
Baptism Overview

Starting in 2015, a short overview will be recommended for baptism participants. This will be before the Sunday service two weeks prior to baptisms, at 9:00 a.m.


Before the Service

Come to Guest Services at 9:30 a.m. the morning of baptisms, before the service. A pastor, office representative or baptism volunteer will meet you and walk you through the process.

Men usually wear dark shorts and a dark T-shirt. We have baptismal robes available for women, which can go over shorts and a T-shirt or a swimsuit. Bring a change of clothes, a towel and a plastic bag for your wet clothes.

We ask that anyone being baptized refresh himself or herself on what it means to proclaim allegiance to Christ in the act of baptism. Recommended resources include a quick sheet (PDF) and a message* on the act of baptism.

For individuals who sign up in advance of the ceremony, certificates will be available at Guest Services for pick-up. If you are not able to sign up in advance, please notify Guest Services that you are in need of a certificate or contact the main office at officefc@summitview.com.

Just contact the main office at officefc@summitview.com. If the office is unable to answer your question, it will get passed along to someone who is able.


Baby Dedications

The biggest events in our lives are often best complemented by ceremony. Weddings represent a ceremony of commitment between a husband and wife. Graduation ceremonies represent the completion of an education. At Summitview, we give parents an opportunity to express their commitment to train their children in the way they should go (Proverbs 22:6) through a baby dedication ceremony. This ceremony is intended to bring formality to the covenant between the parents and God on behalf of the child.

You'll notice we do not baptize infants at Summitview. We believe that baptism is a ceremony reserved for a new Christian as a symbol of his/her new commitment to Jesus Christ. While that is true, we also value to the spirit of “parental covenant” expressed in the faith traditions that practice infant baptism. Consequently, it is our tradition to provide a ceremony signifying the commitment of parents to their children that does not include baptism.

Baby dedications are held during our Sunday morning service. Our next ceremony will be Sunday, October 29.

Email Debbie Campbell at debbiecampbell@summitview.com to let us know you’re interested. We require your child’s first and middle names and birth date to sign up.

Try to be at church early and sit near an aisle and the front of the Auditorium. Also, plan to be on the stage around 10:10 a.m.

One of the parents should plan to introduce your family and child’s name and age. We also ask parents to share a verse they are claiming for their child, or that they want to direct the parenting of their child. For the sake of time, you do not need to share the reason for choosing the verse – just the verse itself.

We ask that parents read through the “Dedication of Commitment” form found here (PDF). For families who sign up in advance of the ceremony, certificates will be available at Guest Services for pick-up. If you are not able to sign up in advance, please notify Guest Services that you are in need of a certificate or contact Debbie Campbell at debbiecampbell@summitview.com.

Just contact Debbie Campbell at debbiecampbell@summitview.com. If she is unable to answer your question, it will get passed along to someone who is able.