Communion and Baptism

Communion at First Presbyterian Church is open to everyone!

We remember that communion does not belong to us. It is not First Presbyterian’s communion feast, communion is a gift given to everyone by Jesus Christ. We do not call it, “First Presbyterian’s Communion Table.” –It is the “Lord’s Table” and as such, God’s invitation is open to all.

These are the words which we use as an invitation to the Lords Table:

This is the Lord’s Table. Everyone is welcome. There are no exceptions, no age limits, no discrimination. We come, not because we are whole, but because we are broken. We come not because we are full of piety, but because we are hungry for God’s love and grace. We do not come with all of the answers –we all come with questions and wonder. If you would like to join us for communion, you are welcome and you are joyously invited to do so! This is for you.

Baptism is a sign of God’s love for all!
Baptism is the second sacrament practiced in the Presbyterian Church USA.  If you would like to be baptized or would like to have your child baptized, please come talk to us so we can schedule it.  Our elders and pastor would love to help you along your spiritual journey with this sign of God’s unconditional love.

First Presbyterian Church of Allegan baptizes infants, children and adults in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.  Baptism does not save you, it is a physical sign of the saving love and grace of God for you.  This love and grace allows us to experience spiritual rebirth in Christ. Those who are old enough to desire baptism are asked to confess their faith publicly  before baptism.  Children who are baptized have their baptism completed when they confess their own faith later through their confirmation class.  Until the time of their confirmation, the children’s parents and the congregation promise to care for them spiritually and to raise them in faith.

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Deb gets baptized at Sunset in Lake Michigan.

Those being baptized have their choice of being baptized in the sanctuary with a handful of water from our baptismal font, or to be baptized by full immersion in either Dumont Lake or Lake Michigan.