As a Christian church we also practice the sacrament of Baptism. We believe baptism is symbolic of the work of God's grace in our lives, which washes us clean from sin and raises us from death to new life in Christ. Baptism is also a way in which God's grace is communicated to us as individuals. Because we believe baptism is primarily the work of God and God's grace, we practice infant baptisms. In the case of infant baptisms, the baptism symbolizes the entrance of the child into the Christian community and the work of God's grace in the child's life until such a time when he or she can claim Christ as their Savior on their own. As a United Methodist Church we also lift up the practice of infant dedication if the child's parents so choose. We also recognize the baptisms of most other Christian denominations, therefore there is no need to baptize Christians who join First Church as members.