What is Baptism?
Rev. Chris Mohr performs dozens of nondenominational Christian baptisms and christenings every year. We offer baby baptism, adult baptism, and christenings for people of all faiths. They are much less stressful and easier to organize than a wedding! Many happy couples return to our chapel to have an infant baptism, children or even themselves baptized, and it’s a wonderful chance to catch up with us and bring family, godparents and close friends together. Our baptismal ceremony is nondenominational, and ends with a brief baptism prayer as the minister’s forefinger draws the sign of the cross in water on the child’s forehead.
We have a chalice or you can bring a family heirloom to contain the water (great grandma’s favorite goblet, an antique saucer, whatever). Close friends and family all gather in the front, stirring happy memories of your wedding day. We offer an informal baptism service that is a joy for you and the family. Children usually look very intent and curious, sometimes they cry, or try to take my glasses off my face, or fall asleep in mamma’s arms. It’s all part of the beauty of the day.
If you have godparents, they will stand up with the parent or parents. Grandparents are always beaming throughout the ceremony, usually insisting on well-deserved front row seats. Lots of pictures, then our Certificate of Baptism is signed by parents and godparents.
Sometimes baptisms are incorporated into wedding ceremonies, and we also do many adult baptisms. We don’t have facilities for a full-immersion baptism; our ceremonies are informal, simple, friendly, and deeply sacred. Some young parents feel family pressure to have their children baptized, and they often find that having the christening ceremony with us is the easiest, simplest, most fun way to take care of this. Bring your own baptism cake, food and drinks or let our budget caterer and baker take care of it all for you. Our ministers also perform baptisms at people’s homes, chapels, or anywhere you want us to come.