Baptism is a declaration of our identification with Jesus and our desire to follow Him. As Jesus modeled in Matt 3:13, we do this by submerging those being baptized in a pool of water and then lifting them back up again. Being submerged symbolizes how our old self has been buried with Jesus, and being raised from the water symbolizes our new life in Christ. Baptism celebrates the hope and joy of our new life in Christ!
At Wellspring, we baptize believers — so individuals that have consciously made the choice to believe in Jesus’ resurrection and have made the choice to follow him.
In the New Testament book of Romans, Paul talks about the meaning of baptism, and he relates it to the new sort of life that you are beginning:
We were..buried with [Christ] through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life. If we have been united with him like this in his death, we will certainly also be united with him in his resurrection. For we know that our old self was crucified with him so that the body of sin might not be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves to sin– because anyone who has died has been freed from sin (Romans 6:4-7)
When a person is submerged at baptism, it represents the death and burial of her old self, the one that had not been aligned with Christ. When that person is then lifted out of the water, it is her unification with Jesus’ resurrection. It’s new life and we celebrate that new life together as a community.
Baptism is an important and necessary step for believers in Jesus Christ. You may have questions before deciding whether it is your next step.
These (and many others!) are important questions. They deserve individual attention and our pastors and elders would love talk with you one-on-one about them. Let us know below if you’d like to connect.
We typically have baptisms at Wellspring in the fall and spring, sometimes more often. When a baptism is coming up, we announce it through the e-newsletter, on Sunday morning, and in the bulletin. If you are interested in baptism, please let Tori know (Tori@wellspring.net) and she will make sure that you are notified when the next baptism date is set.
Baptisms happen in service on Sunday morning and take place in the baptistery, a small pool built into the back of the platform in the sanctuary. The baptistery will be filled with warm, clean water in preparation for your baptism. The week before baptisms, we offer the Baptism Class, which is led by Church Elder Nancy Riley. In that class, you’ll have the opportunity ask questions about baptism, share a little bit of your story, and meet others.
We typically have baptisms at Wellspring in the fall and spring, sometimes more often. Children are always invited to participate, but the process for them is a little bit different than for the adults.
Wellspring Kids’ Director, Jenn Beglinger and a Church Elder meets with children interested in baptism several weeks before the scheduled baptism. Parents are invited to join too. It is a casual, comfortable meeting designed to ask the child about his or her faith in Jesus and make sure that the child understands what baptism means.
Kids’ Baptism Details:
If your child is interested in being baptized, please print out the two documents in the list below and have your child answer the questions. Jenn will go over the documents with your child in the baptism interview.
Keep your eyes out for take-home flyers announcing that baptisms are coming up! If your child is asking about baptism, you can also let us know, and we’ll personally reach out as soon as the next one is scheduled.
For questions, please contact Jenn Beglinger, Director of Wellspring Kids at the church (firstname.lastname@example.org, 860-225-0661 ext. 118)