What Can I Expect at My Baptism?

How will I be baptized?

At ACF, we baptize by full immersion (dunking under the water) because we believe that Jesus and the early church modeled this practice. 

Can my family be baptized together?

Yes. If each family member understands 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. 

Who will baptize me?

You are welcome to choose who will baptize you. ACF believes in the "priesthood" of every believer, that is, that any believer in right relationship with God can baptize. You might choose a particular pastor, a small group leader, or a parent. If you do not request a particular person, or the requested individual is not available, the presiding ACF pastor at the baptism will baptize you.

Who should be at my baptism?

At ACF, we like to include in our baptisms any individuals who have helped you in your faith. Your hero could be a parent or grandparent, a close friend, a small group, or just about anyone else who has helped you come to faith in Christ. Invite your hero or heroes to gather with you at your baptism.

What should I wear when I am baptized?

Please dress modestly. A dark t-shirt will be provided for you. Girls should wear shorts and a swimsuit. Guys should wear a swimsuit. Bring a change of clothes, appropriate shoes, a towel, and a plastic bag for wet clothes.

Will I have to say anything?

Yes - one sentence (or more). The person baptizing you will introduce you and ask, "Why are you being baptized?" Answer this question honestly and briefly. The second question asked is, "Do you confess Jesus Christ as your Lord?" You will answer. Then the person baptizing you will dip you under the water, raise you back up, and congratulate you!

What do I need to do to be baptized?