The Baptist Church
What's life in a Baptist Church like?
What makes a Baptist Church different from other Christian churches is partly found in the name. Unlike some other churches the Baptist Church does not baptise infants but instead once a person has made a commitment to the Christian faith then they will be baptised – this is called ‘Believer’s Baptism.’
In the same way as John the Baptist baptised Jesus in the River Jordan, so at a Baptist Church people are taken under the water for a split second, in a special pool of water called a Baptistry. The church leader, called a Minister or Pastor, is in the pool with them, and lowers them under the water to show that their old life has ended – when they come back up it shows that a new life with Jesus has begun. This is a big step for anyone to take, and one which only comes when someone has really thought hard about following Jesus.
There is a special service, called a ‘service of dedication’, and at this special family service babies are brought by their parents to be prayed for. It’s an opportunity to say ‘thank-you’ to God for the baby’s safe arrival, and ask for his help and protection as they grow up, hoping that one day they will decide to follow Jesus and be baptised.
You can find out more about John Smyth and the beginnings of the Baptist Church in the ‘People and Places’ section.Bookmark