In the Sacrament of Baptism, God gives us a gift. He confirms His promise to grant us a new and abundant life through His Son, Jesus, and assures us of His steadfast love.


Through this sacrament, we as a community, welcome adults and children into our midst and promise to come alongside those being baptized to encourage them as they learn to answer Jesus’s call to follow Him.


Baptism, like the sacrament of the Lord’s Supper, is celebrated in the context of a worship service. It is not a private rite but a public celebration. Each time a person is baptized, the congregation gathered for worship has the privilege of resting in the assurance of God’s love and dedicating themselves to supporting one another in the journey of faith.


When Jesus was baptized (see Matthew 3, Luke 3 and Mark 1), He heard His Heavenly Father proclaim: “You are my Son, the Beloved; with You, I am well-pleased.”


In the same way, each time we celebrate a baptism, we remember our own baptism and how God gives us a brand new identity in Christ.


Our hope is that the celebration of your baptism or your child’s baptism will be a special day, and we want to do all that we can to help make it special.


We hope that this will help you prepare and plan for your baptism at Union Church of Manila.


REV. STEVEN L. RUETSCHLE
Senior Pastor

2017 Schedule
Baptism Class

April 8 (9am - 11am)
August 19
November 18

Baptism Celebration

April 16 (Easter Sunday Services - 9 am & 11 am)
August 27
November 26

Frequently Asked Questions
When do baptisms take place in UCM?

Baptisms for adults and children (Adult Baptism/Immersion, Child Baptism, and Dedication) generally take place at the 8:30 am, 10:30 am and 12:30 pm Worship Services (except for Easter Sunday).

How are baptisms scheduled?

To request a baptism date for you or your child, please fill-out the Adult Baptism Information Sheet or the Child Baptism/Dedication Information Sheet and return to Omi Diaz (Office of the Senior Pastor) or Elena Sabido at the Reception Desk.

You may opt to email the scanned/filled-out form to omi.diaz@unionchurch.ph

The number of baptisms is limited to six per worship service, so be sure to plan ahead! Easter Sunday and August baptism schedules tend to fill-up fast. Interview by Pastoral Staff is required.

What happens after a baptism is scheduled?

Baptism Class: We require that participants, or parents of participants (for children), attend a two-hour class on the above-specified schedules.

During the class, the pastor will discuss the meaning of baptism as well as logistics like where to meet, what happens during the service, and what you will do. The pastor will also be available to answer any questions you might have.

Is baptism requred for church membership?

Yes. UCM requires that baptism takes place prior to membership. When you begin the membership process, you may be baptized on the scheduled baptism dates.

Do I need to be a member of UCM in order to have my child baptized?

No. But you must be a regular attendee, who considers UCM to be your home church.