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The United Methodist Church recognizes baptism as an outward visible sign of an inward spiritual grace. Baptism is the means by which individuals enter into Christ’s holy church, participate in God’s mighty acts of salvation, and receive new birth through water and the Spirit. All of this is God’s gift, offered to us without price.
The sacrament of baptism is offered to infants, children, youth, and adults as a one time event. Through baptism, a covenant is made between God, the individual being baptized, and the members of the congregation. Therefore, baptisms are held at part of the worship service, so that the covenant community is present.
The individual or parents of the child being baptized, make the following vows of Baptism:
* to renounce the spiritual forces of wickedness and repent of their sin,
* to accept the freedom and power to resist evil,
* to profess their faith in Jesus Christ.
In the Sanctuary services, baptism is done by the application of water to the individual’s head and the laying on of hands. Annually, Chapelwood conducts baptism by immersion in which the individual is submerged in water.
In addition to the vows listed above, Parents of the child being baptized profess to train up their children in the ways of Christian love and faithfulness. Parents who desire to have their children baptized are required to participate in Chapelwood's Baptism Class prior to the child's baptism. The Baptism class, led by Pastor LM Wilson, is held on the 4th Sunday of most months.
Adults and youth who were not previously baptized as infants or children take the vows of baptism for themselves. Baptism can be done at anytime, typically in conjunction with individuals becoming a member of the church.
For more information or to schedule a baptism:
Adults: Contact Tammy Heinrich
Youth: Contact Sarah Pattillo
Infants and Children: Click here to register for the parents’ baptism class and schedule a date for baptism or contact Betsy Humphrey.