What We Believe

To believe is to care; to care is to do.

The Christian life begins with baptism. Jesus instituted it with himself being baptized with water and the Holy Spirit. For 2000 years, his disciples have followed suit and are incorporated into the body of Christ through the sacrament of baptism.

At the Church of the Isles, people are baptized either as children or adults. We believe baptism can be administered to persons of any age and we honor baptisms from other Christian churches.  When an infant or young child is baptized, one or both parents and/or one or more sponsors promise to assume certain responsibilities for the Christian nurture of the baptized child. Those who are baptized at an early age are given an opportunity in their youth to make a personal profession of faith through confirmation.

For more information, contact the minister, Rev. Dr. Ty Sweeting, through the church office at 727-595-1038.

“Baptism is both God’s gift and our human response to that gift.” It is “a sign and seal of our common discipleship. Through baptism, Christians are brought into union with Christ, with each other and with the church of every time and place.”

                                                                                                                     Baptism, Eucharist and Ministry, 1982