Baptism is one of the two sacraments recognized by the United Methodist Church. The other is Holy Communion. A sacrament is a ceremony that mediates divine grace through the use of common elements - in the case of baptism, water. Baptism recognizes that God is already active in a person's life and symbolizes their entry into the family of Christ.
Preparing for baptism
Generally, Pastor Monique McBride meets at 11:15am on the second Sunday of each month with individuals who would like to be baptized and families who would like to have a child baptized. At this time, she answers questions and offers information about baptism. If you would like to attend this gathering or schedule another time to meet, click here to contact Beverly Wallhoff, administrative assistant to the pastors.
With the blessing of being located so close to the Atlantic Ocean, Christ Church occasionally holds baptism ceremonies at the beach. In this natural, informal setting, many people who were baptized earlier in their lives choose to remember their baptisms, in addition to those who choose to be baptized.
The next Christ Church Beach Baptism has not yet been scheduled. It is usually held at the beach across the street from the Pompano Beach Pier Parking Garage, 3420 NE 3rd St.
Here are a few of the most frequently asked questions about baptisms.
When and where are baptisms performed?
In general, baptisms are performed in worship services on the third weekend of the month, although exceptions can be made.
Can a baptism be performed somewhere other than the church?
Because we believe baptism includes the Christ Church family, baptisms are performed when the family gathers, most frequently at worship. However, there are limited exceptions, provided there is a compelling reason, with adequate community present, and according to pastor availability.
If I have been baptized in another church, can I be baptized again at Christ Church?
Baptism is an act of God through the grace of Jesus Christ and the work of the Holy Spirit. If a person has been baptized in another denomination, a second baptism is not necessary. A person who has been baptized may decide to remember their baptism in a ceremony at the beach or in worship.
How do I schedule a baptism?
Please click here to contact Beverly Wallhoff, or call 954.771.7300 x210, for more information on baptisms.