From child dedications and baptism to communion, we believe that these are all changes in our spiritual lives. These are good changes that are meant to be celebrated and observed in community! As a redemptive community, that is centered on Christ, The Bridge seeks to celebrate with you through these changes.
The idea of baptism comes from an old Greek word that meant “dip.” People would take a piece of cloth and “baptize” it in dye. It would go into the dye one color and come out a different color.
Christians practice baptism in water, not dye, and the water does not make you change color! Instead, being dipped under water represents the story of your salvation. You began as a sinner and faced the judgment of God, but through the death of Jesus, you have been given new life and are a new creation. Symbolically, the old you enters the water, and the new you rises.
The water doesn’t change you—Jesus did that. The water is how we obey the command Jesus gave us, celebrate our new identity in Jesus, and affirm our membership in the community of Christ.
For The Bridge Church, baptism and membership are not tied to one another. While membership class affirms your membership in the local body (The Bridge), baptism connects you to the worldwide body of Christ.
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The ceremony of Baby Dedication does not save the child but pledges us, as parents and guardians, to live out our own relationships with God in authentic and genuine ways so that this child may come to see the goodness of Jesus. Let us celebrate this moment with you!
Communion at The Bridge is observed the first Sunday of every month. This is a time of reflection where we remember Christ’s body and blood that were poured out for us.
For I received from the Lord what I also delivered to you, that the Lord Jesus on the night when he was betrayed took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it, and said, “This is my body which is for you. Do this in remembrance of me”. (1 Corinthians 11:23-24)
We observe communion every month, in remembrance of what Christ has done for us all.