WHO SHOULD BE BAPTIZED?
Anyone who professes faith in Christ and has not been baptized. We baptize by sprinkling water. Once a year, we hold a baptism by immersion service in our Garden Patio. The United Methodist Church recognizes baptisms from other churches and therefore does not re-baptize people, but we do encourage people to attend a special baptism worship service to remember their baptisms.
WHEN DO BAPTISMS OCCUR?
Baptisms occur during all worship services on select Sundays throughout the year. Additionally, we have a full immersion service each summer in our Garden Patio.
HOW DO I SCHEDULE A BAPTISM?
All baptisms are scheduled through online registration. To register for a baptism date, you can complete the following Baptism Request form and our staff will be in contact with you.
WHAT IS CHILD BAPTISM?
When parents who regularly attend AHUMC are ready to make the commitment to raise their child in the Christian faith and decide to have their child baptized or blessed, we want to come along side them and partner with them throughout their journey.
WHAT IF WE ARE NOT MEMBERS OF AHUMC?
Prior to having a child baptized or blessed, parents who are not members must attend the AHUMC Come, Grow, Go Growth Track series. This 4-week series is offered in February, April, June, September, and November. Register for an upcoming GROWTH TRACK.
WHAT IS THE BAPTISM & BLESSING MILESTONE?
All parents must attend the Baptism and Blessing Milestone session led by the Senior Pastor and Director of Children's & Family Ministry. This class helps prepare them for the Sacrament of Baptism and the Baby Blessing Ceremony. If previously attended, parents do not need to come again for another child.
During this session we also discuss:
• the role of parents and church in spiritual development of children
• what makes a home Christ-centered
• blessing your child
WHEN DO BAPTISMS OCCUR?
Families are presented with a Faith Chest as a keepsake for their child as part of the Baptism and Blessing ceremony. Please contact us for upcoming dates.
There are four Sundays throughout the year for children and adults to be baptized and for babies to be blessed. You may request any of the following services: 8:30 Traditional, 9:30 Contemporary, 11:00 Traditional, or 11:00 Contemporary. Please contact us for upcoming baptism dates.