Baptism is a sacred moment in the life of a church, a family — and an individual!
What is baptism?
Baptism is a covenant between an individual and God. In the baptismal covenant, 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. It is a sacrament — indicating that we do not come into relationship with God on the basis of anything we do or anything that we are, but simply on the basis of God’s acceptance and gracious invitation to us.
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 pastor and 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?
Sanctuary: You may schedule the 9:30 or 11:00 am traditional services. You may also schedule the 9:45 Children First service on the first Sunday of each month.
Chapel: You may schedule the 8:30 am DiscipleChurch service. You may also schedule at the 9:40 traditional service on the first Sunday of each month.
Wesley Hall: You may schedule the nine:thirty-nine | eleven:eleven celebration services.
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.
How do I schedule my baptism?
Contact: Elaine Johnson | firstname.lastname@example.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 (email@example.com | 817-339-3886) or Dr. Mike Marshall (firstname.lastname@example.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 (email@example.com | 817-339-2406) to confirm a date and service for your child’s baptism.
First Sunday of every month
11:00 am | Room 230 | 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. It is offered the first Sunday of every month at 11:00 am in Room 230. 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 | firstname.lastname@example.org