LAYTON - The religious commitment made at baptism is cause for celebration, not only for those being baptized, but for family, friends and members of the church family at the Christian Life Center, 2352 E. Highway 193, in Layton.
Members celebrated the baptisms of more than 20 people on Sunday, Feb. 9. The baptisms were followed by a “Plunge Party,” immediately after, according to the Rev. Rob George, youth and connections pastor at the church.
The “Plunge Party,” is a time to celebrate “taking the (baptismal) plunge, with food, fellowship, song and prayer,” George said. It also gives those being baptized a chance to share their testimony if they desire.
George said while many churches baptize members during the regular worship service, at Christian Life Center, they prefer, “to come back together to celebrate.”
When a person receives salvation, it’s an inward expression with outward consequences, George said. Baptism is an outward expression for the world to see with inward consequences.
“The Bible tells us we will become a new creation,” George said.
Those being baptized at the Christian Life Center must be at least 8 years old, George said, explaining a child needs to be old enough to make the decision on their own and to understand what baptism is all about. The church baptizes by immersion.
Those baptized on Sunday ranged in age from 8 into their 30s or 40s, George said. About half of those baptized were children, the rest adults. George has witnessed members in their 70s being baptized in the past.
“It doesn’t matter if you’re 85 or 8,” he said. “It’s a decision you personally make.”
He’s also been involved with rebaptizing people.
Sometimes if a person was a child when they were baptized, they have no memory of it. Sometimes a baptism is a recommitment to faith on the part of the person being baptized.
“It doesn’t hurt to get rebaptized. I encourage it,” he said, adding he’s rebaptized kids on mission trips and elsewhere, in the ocean, public swimming pools and lakes.
The church also holds baptisms yearly at the Layton City Park in September. It’s not unusual at that event to have 30 to 40 people baptized, George said.