WHEN DOES THE CAROLINA FAMILY CHURCH OFFER BAPTISMS?
We can do baptisms at any time provided we have access to water! However, we schedule 3-4 large-scale baptisms per year. These scheduled baptisms allow us to celebrate as a church together when someone makes this decision.
WHY DOES CAROLINA FAMILY CHURCH BAPTIZE BY IMMERSION?
While some other faith traditions baptize by sprinkling or pouring, CFC chooses to baptize by immersion. This is because Jesus’ baptism was by immersion and every example we read in scripture was as well. The word “baptizo” literally means “to immerse in.” We believe this is the best symbol of Jesus’ death and resurrection. (Matthew 3:16, Acts 8:38-39, 2 Corinthians 5:17)
DOES THE PASTOR HAVE TO BAPTIZE ME?
Believe it or not (despite church tradition) the Bible never says that it has to be a pastor that baptizes you! Carolina Family Church believes that anyone who has been baptized themselves can baptize someone else. However, we do recommend that an ordained pastor be present.
CAN MY FAMILY BE BAPTIZED TOGETHER?
Yes! If each family member understands fully the meaning of baptism, and each one has personally placed his/her trust in Christ for salvation, we encourage families to be baptized at the same time. It is a wonderful expression of commitment. However, it is not wise to delay your baptism while waiting on other family members to accept Christ, particularly children. This puts an undue pressure on them, and delays your obedience.
DOES CFC BAPTIZE CHILDREN OR INFANTS?
At CFC, we wait until our children are old enough to believe and understand the true meaning of baptism before we baptize them. Some churches practice a “baptism of confirmation” for children. This ceremony is intended to be a covenant between the parents and God on the behalf of the child. The parents promises to raise their child in the faith until the child is old enough to make his own personal confession of Christ. This custom began about 300 years after the Bible was completed. This is different from the baptism talked about in the Bible, which was only for those old enough to believe. The purpose is to publicly confess your personal commitment to Christ. We interview children to make sure they understand salvation and baptism before we will baptize them.
WHAT SHOULD I WEAR?
It is not what you wear that brings significance to baptism, so you can wear whatever you choose. Typically people wear shorts and a t-shirt. We have clothes prepared for you, if you so choose. If you bring your own, we simply ask that what you wear be modest and not be transparent when wet. Bring a change of clothes, a towel, and a plastic bag for your wet clothes.