Water Baptisms at SFR – an Oklahoma Christian Summer Camp
WHAT? Baptisms at the cross (in the pool).
WHY? Jesus was baptized in water (Mark 1:9). Baptism is a sign of surrendering our lives to follow Jesus ((Mark 16:16).
WHEN? Day camp – Fridays at 4:00pm. Overnight camps – Saturdays at 11:00am.
HOW? The invitation for campers to be baptized in water will be given no later than Thursday’s night encounter. Campers will tell their counselors, counselors will tell their SLT. The SLT will call the parents and the parents will have the final say of whether the camper will be baptized Saturday morning. If the answer is ‘YES!’ whomever will be baptizing the camper will get in the pool with the camper, state their name and relationship with the camper to the parents (counselor, sibling, babysitter, etc.), and ask the camper if they would like to share why they want to be baptized. Then, the staff member will ask the camper to cross their arms across their chest, hold one hand under the camper’s head and the other on top of their crossed arms. Then as the staff is saying, “I baptize you in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit”, they will submerse the camper underwater and bring them back up, a new creation!
The Invitation we extend to campers: “Getting baptized is making a public statement/ declaration to your friends, family, community, etc. that you want to be known as a fully committed follower of Jesus Christ. It is an outward expression of an inward change. Is there anyone who would like to be baptized this week?”