Baptism & Membership

Baptism & Membership

To sign up for the next Baptism & Membership Course or for more information, please contact the Church Office – call 64767795 or email to mail@hvmc.sg.

Baptism
Baptism is the sacrament of initiation into the body of Christ, the Church, which joins the new member with Christians everywhere.

Under the guidance of the church, candidates carefully consider their motives for baptism and their willingness to accept the responsibilities of Christian life.

Under the guidance of disciplers/sponsors, candidates participate regularly in the life of the church, attend worship services, study the Bible and learn to follow Christ’s teachings in daily life.

Membership
When persons unite with a local Methodist church, they profess their faith in God, the Father Almighty, maker of heaven and earth, and in Jesus Christ, His only Son; and in the Holy Spirit.

Thus, they make known their desire to live their daily lives as disciples of Jesus Christ. They covenant together with God and with the members of the local church to keep the vows which are part of the order of confirmation and reception into the Church.

  1. To confess Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour and pledge their allegiance to his kingdom.
  2. To receive and profess the Christian faith as contained in the Scriptures of the Old and New Testament.
  3. To promise according to the grace given them to live a Christian life and always remain faithful members of Christ’s holy Church, and to be loyal to The Methodist Church and uphold it by their prayers, their presence, their gifts, and their service

Baptism & Membership Course

The B&M Course is intended to help you:-

  • grow in your faith, knowledge and experience of God
  • understand, be equipped and become active members of the faith family at Holland Village Preaching Point of Barker Road Methodist Church which is part of the larger Methodist connection in Singapore and overseas
  • connect you with a sponsor/discipler who will mentor you as you grow in the faith and in this church
  • introduce you to a small group for fellowship, mutual support, accountability, and Christian service together.

Expectations for the Course:-
Please do all you can to

  • be punctual for all the sessions with your discipler, interviews with pastor, small group sessions and classes
  • to submit the required forms and documents as required before the course commences
  • to do the readings and devotions as directed
  • to keep an open mind and heart to the Holy Spirit to guide, convict and transform you
  • to listen with an expectant and humble heart throughout the course to your discipler, small group, pastors and teachers
  • to make a decisive commitment to join a small group and be involved in ministry after the course has ended

The course involves:-

  • Class Sessions
  • Required Reading
  • 1-to-1 Sessions with Discipler (for Baptism Candidates)
  • Small Group Attendance
  • Interviews with Pastor
  • A profession of faith in Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour
  • Complete the Baptism Course as follows :
  • Personal Reading
  • 8 meetings with Discipler (to be completed before Membership Reception)
  • connected to & start participating in a small group
  • 4 Baptism Classes
  • 1-2 Interviews with Pastor
  • Candidate must be at least 16 years old upon completion
  • Already baptised
  • Have been worshipping at HVPP regularly for at least six months (by the time of Membership Reception)
  • Complete the Membership Course as follows :
    • Participating regularly with a small group
    • 4 Membership Classes
    • Meet with Sponsor
    • 1 Interview with Pastor

From Non-Methodist Churches:

  • Obtain a Letter of Transfer, confirming baptism & membership, and with blessings from the previous church to effect the transfer
  • Attend Baptism Class #3 (Baptism) & #4 (Worship & Holy Communion)
  • Fulfill all the requirements for Membership as stated above

From Methodist Churches:

  • Obtain a Letter of Transfer, confirming baptism & membership, and with blessings from the previous church to effect the transfer
  • Attend Membership Class #4 (Small Groups, Accountability & Spiritual Gifts)
  • Meet with Sponsor
  • 1 interview with Pastor
  • at least one, if not both, parents should be a baptised Christian and a member of BRMC
  • parents must attend a briefing by the Pastor (parents who have had children baptised as infants previously and attended such a briefing need not attend)
  • Briefing for Parents are regularly held – please call the Church Office for more information.

And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds. Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another — and all the more as you see the Day approaching.

—Hebrews 10:24-25