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Baptisms

We welcome people into the family of Christ by celebrating one of the most sacred moments in the life of our church — and in the lives of families and individuals. As people present themselves or their children for baptism by the water and the Spirit, we begin the embrace of our newest members into our lineage of faith.

What is baptism?

Baptism is a covenant between an individual and God. In the sacrament of baptism, we are given our identity as beloved children of God. Baptism incorporates us not only into the local church, but also into God’s story. Baptism is a sign to us of the mercy and grace of God.

Who can be baptized?

People of all ages can be baptized at FUMCFW. We baptize by sprinkling water on the head in the name of God the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. By the laying on of hands by a pastor and the family of the one being baptized, we also invite the presence of the Spirit in the moment of baptism and the life to follow. However, we recognize and honor all forms of Christian baptism. With that, we do not “re-baptize.” We do, at times, offer services of worship that include an opportunity to remember your baptism.

Where can I be baptized?

Baptism can take place during any of our Sunday morning worship services:

  • Traditional Worship at 9:30 or 11:00 am in the Sanctuary
  • The Gathering at 9:30 am or 11:00 am in Wesley Hall
  • eleven:eleven at 11:11 am at 512 W. 4th St.
  • DiscipleChurch worship at 8:30 am in the Chapel

How do I schedule a baptism?

FUMCFW welcomes your interest in the Sacrament of Baptism and we look forward to assisting you and your family in planning this special day. We hope to help make your baptism a special and memorable day.

Contact: Elaine Johnson | ejohnson@myfumc.org | 817-339-2406

Can my infant be baptized?

We absolutely affirm the baptism of infants. It marks them as children of God, followers of Jesus, and members of the great family found in the Christian Church. We do this all before they are able to understand what it means. An infant baptism reminds us of God’s loving welcome to children and reminds us all of our responsibility to help that child mature in faith. Infant baptism is an especially appropriate demonstration of God’s grace and love for us. By choosing to have your child baptized, you are being even more deeply connected to the body of Christ and the church family at FUMCFW. The baptismal covenant is connectional; it is made in public and the congregation vows to support and nurture your family as you raise your child in faith. At least one parent or guardian must be a member of FUMCFW for your child to be baptized at one of our worship services. To become a member, please contact Dr. Lamar Smith (lsmith@myfumc.org | 817-339-3886) or Dr. Mike Marshall (mmarshall@myfumc.org | 817-339-2409).

If you are already a member, follow these next steps:

  1. Attend Baptism 101 (learn more and register below)
  2. Contact Elaine Johnson (ejohnson@myfumc.org | 817-339-2406) to confirm a date and service for your baptism.

Baptism 101

Third Sunday of every month
9:30 – 10:30 am | Room 321 | Registration required

Baptism 101 must be attended by first-time parents and/or parents whose older children were not baptized in a United Methodist Church. At the class, a pastor will discuss the history, theology, meaning, and responsibility of baptism. We will also go over logistics and steps to scheduling. Not to mention it’s a great chance to meet other young families. While the nursery is available during class time, babies and children are more than welcome to join! There is no cost to join the class; however, we do ask that you register online below.

Contact: Gayle Ammerman | gammerman@myfumc.org

Register for Baptism 101

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