What is baptism? How, when, where, and why do we do it? What is the United Methodist take on the theology, meaning, and responsibility of baptism? Baptism 101 will answer these questions and more!
If you were not baptized in the United Methodist Church — or maybe if you were baptized as a baby or small child and don’t really remember the particulars, FUMCFW’s Baptism 101 class is the place to go to answer these questions and more.
In this class, offered the third Sunday of every month from 9:30 – 10:30 in Room 321 (Next class is coming up — August 18!), we not only cover the bigger questions of baptism, but we also explain the logistics and steps to scheduling and celebrating your baptism here at FUMCFW. This lively class is also a great way to meet some of the other young First Church families — the people your children will likely grow up with in our church!
“In addition to. Learning about Baptism, the greatest value of this class is the relationships that begin among our young families,” observes Dr. Mike Marshall, Director of Leadership Development. “I absolutely love watching that happen!”
This class is free, and all are welcome — even babies and younger siblings — however, registration is required. For more information about Baptism 101, please contact Dr. Mike Marshall (email@example.com | 817-339-2409). To register for this month’s class, click here.
What is Baptism and why is it important?
As one of the most sacred moments in the life of our church — and in the lives of families and individuals — baptism is our official welcome into the family of Christ. When we present ourselves or our children for baptism by the water and the Spirit, we begin the lifelong embrace of our newest members into our lineage of faith.
Baptism is a covenant between us and God in which we affirm our identity as beloved children of God and our awareness of the mercy and grace of God. When we are baptized, we become part of not only the local church, but also of God’s story.
Who can be Baptized?
People of all ages can be baptized at FUMCFW. In the United Methodist Church we absolutely affirm the baptism of infants, long before they are able to understand what it means, to celebrate them as children of God, followers of Jesus, and members of the great family found in the Christian community. We also believe that infant baptism is an especially appropriate demonstration of God’s grace and love for us.
As a family and as a congregation, infant baptism reminds us as of God’s loving welcome to children — and of our responsibility to help our children mature 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.
If you or your children have been baptized before in another church or Christian denomination, we do recognize and honor that! In other words, we do not “re-baptize.” However, we do offer special services of worship that that offer an opportunity to remember and reaffirm your previous baptism.
Where does baptism take place at FUMCFW? Does it have to be public?
Baptism can take place during any of our Sunday morning worship services:
- At 9:30 or 11:00 am in the Sanctuary
- At 9:30 am or 11:00 am during The Gathering in Wesley Hall
- At 11:11 am during eleven:eleven worship at 512 West 4th Street
- At 8:30 am during DiscipleChurch worship in Leonard Memorial Chapel
By choosing to have your child baptized here at FUMCFW, you will connect more deeply to the body of Christ and to the FUMCFW faith community. That’s why we encourage this public expression of the baptismal covenant because it allows the First Church congregation opportunity to offer this connectional vow to support and nurture your family as you raise your child in faith.
How do Methodists baptize?
In the United Methodist Church, we most commonly baptize by sprinkling water on your head in the name of God the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Then, the pastor and family of the one being baptized will place their hands on you as we say a prayer together to invite the presence of the Holy Spirit into the moment of baptism and the life to follow.