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The Holy Sacrament of Baptism - 2017 to 2018
16smallHymn #280 "O Jesus I Have Promised"
Words:  John Ernest Bode - Tune: William Harold Ferguson
O Jesus, I have promised to serve Thee to the end; be thou forever near me, my Master and my Friend. I shall not fear the battle if Thou art by my side, not wander from the pathway if Thou wilt be my guide.
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ:
Baptism is one of the African Methodist Episcopal Church's holy sacraments.  It is one of the most sacred events in your Christian life.  We have established a new procedure for baptisms. 
In order for an adult, child, or infant to be baptized, the adult or the parents must attend a "Preparation for Baptism" session with the pastor or his designee.  Baptism is not only a sign of profession and a mark of difference whereby Christians are distinguished from others who are not baptized, but it is also a sign of regeneration or the new birth.
The African Methodist Episcopal Church recognizes the water baptism of infants, children, and adults. If you were baptized prior to joining Union Bethel, we believe the grace of God in the sacrament of water Baptism remains in effect. No ordained clergy person in the A.M.E. Church will re-baptize an infant, child, or adult. We continue to recognize the Sovereignty of God and the transforming power of the Holy Spirit in the Holy sacrament of water Baptism as confirmed by Jesus, the Christ.
Please know that the Preparation for Baptism session is a prerequisite for the Sacrament of Baptism.  If you are unable to attend, the baptism will be postponed until you are able to attend.  Baptisms are now held quarterly, per the following schedule for this conference year:
Preparation for Baptism Baptism Dates
February 21, 2017 February 26, 2017
May 23, 2017 May 28, 2017
August 22, 2017 August 27, 2017
November 21, 2017 November 26, 2017
February 20, 2018 February 25, 2018
May 22, 2018 May 27, 2018
August 21, 2018 August 26, 2018
November 20, 2018 November 25, 2018
 Please contact the Union Bethel Administrative Office at 410.922.3286 for further information.  Once you have notified the church of your commitment for Baptism, you will be contacted to coordinate the baptism date and date for the preparation session.
Baptism Registration Form: Click Here

Remember -- baptism is a sign of regeneration or new birth!

Yours in Christ,
The Reverend Charles T. Sembly
Pastor, Union Bethel A.M.E. Church
Randallstown, Maryland
Section II.  The Articles of Religion No. 17  Of Baptism
Baptism is not only a sign of profession, and mark of difference; but it is also a sign of regeneration, or the new birth.  The baptism of young children is to be retained in the Church.

Source:  The Book of Discipline of the African Methodist Episcopal Church, 2012

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