I am thrilled that you are taking this next step. This is a big deal, but I don’t want you to stress over it, so here are some details you need to know. –Pastor Chris
WHAT TIME DO I NEED TO ARRIVE AT CHURCH?
I would like for you to meet me at 9:30am in the hallway behind the auditorium stage. If you go to the front office, toward the bathrooms, it is that hallway.
AT WHAT POINT, DURING THE SERVICE, WILL I GET BAPTIZED?
After the singing (around 10:20am)
WHAT DO I NEED TO BRING?
Clothes that will not retain much water work best (jeans are not good). Some people are baptized in plain clothes. Sometimes guys will wear their bathing suit and a dark tshirt. Sometimes girls wear their bathing suit under shorts and a dark t-shirt. We recommend not wearing a white or even light colored t-shirt, as lighter color can sometimes be seen through when wet.
Bring a change of clothes and a plastic bag for your wet clothing. We will have someone standing at the baptismal pool helping you in and giving you a towel when you exit the pool.
WILL I HAVE TO SAY ANYTHING?
In one sense, your baptism speaks for you. In another sense, you are going public with your faith in Jesus and your church family would benefit from and be encouraged by your story. So you have two options. Both options would include you writing out your story. One option would be that you read your story before being baptized. The other option would be to have someone read your story for you before you are baptized.
DO I NEED TO SAY ANYTHING?
We ask everyone who is getting baptized to READ their was/now story. What is a was/now story? It is simply your story before becoming a Christian, what led you to trust Jesus and how your life is going to be different now that you are a Christian.
IS THE "MY STORY" PART MANDATORY?
Yes. But you do not have to read it if you are too uncomfortable speaking in front of people. We would like for you to read it is possible. If not, either I (Pastor Chris) would be glad to read it or you can ask someone you trust to read it on your behalf.
IF I WRITE MY STORY, WHAT DO I INCLUDE IN IT? HOW LONG DOES IT NEED TO BE?
Your story, at its core, simply gives us a little insight into 1) Your life before trusting Christ 2) What (and when were you) prompted you to trust Christ? 3) Why be baptized now? 4) What difference has trusting Christ made in your life?
I am asking you to write your story out to ensure you think through the process of being baptized. This is your story and since we have a limited time, we ask that you are able to communicate it in just 2-4 minutes. You can start with “Hi. My name is _____________________ and this is my story. Before I trusted Christ, I was… Then I came to point in my life where I… As best as I knew how, I put my trust in the saving work of Jesus… So I decided to get baptized because… Now….”
We will have a professional photographer snap some pictures of you throughout your baptism and we’ll be sure you get those pictures asap.