Sunday afternoon we had another baptism at NHC. Because we have no baptistry in our church facility we find other venues to celebrate the new life Christ gives. This year we've had baptisms in the pool at the YMCA, in the frigid Atlantic and in the warm and serene Roanoke Sound.
One of neat things at NHC is that we encourage dads to baptize their children who have become believers. So yesterday Dale baptized Emily and Juan baptized Dylan and Analyse. Steve and Brenda were also baptized and after dunking Steve, I assisted him in baptizing Brenda. Do you think those dads, kids and spouses will ever forget that moment?
A good crowd assembled to witness the public profession of these believers' faith. There's always lots of applause and hugs. Having out in a public place also invites others who happen to be there to stop and observe what we're doing.
We didn't hit 3,000 like the church's first ever baptism (Acts 2), but we nonetheless had a great time.