Squirt-gun christening: Aurora Methodists celebrate outdoor baptism
Noelle Walters poured a bowl of water Sunday, Aug. 16, for brother Jackson's baptism.
But Jackson, 7 months, and Noelle, 5, were surprised when Rev. Derek Rogers, pastor at Flowing Forth United Methodist Church, practiced social distancing and shot water with a toy gun on the infant's head instead of sprinkling or pouring.
Due to COVID-19, the church holds online and drive-in worship in Aurora Christian School's parking lot in Aurora.
The baptism ceremony included a liturgy of promises by adults to renounce evil and accept God. The infant's sponsors, parents Ivy and Jarrod Walters of North Aurora and godparents Susie and Ben Sterk, Bristol, Wis., made the promises on behalf of Jackson.
Rev. Rogers concluded the ceremony by presenting gifts to the family, including a storybook Bible.
Methodists contend that infant baptism has spiritual value for the infant and that baptism in water is symbolic.
Flowing Forth UMC holds an online and drive-in worship service at 10 a.m. Sundays at Aurora Christian Schools, 2255 Sullivan Road in Aurora. The public is invited.
Call (630) 239-2321 or visit flowingforthumc.org for more information.