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The Sacrament of Holy Baptism 2019/2020
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ: Baptism is one of the African Methodist Episcopal Church's holy sacraments.  It is one of the most sacred events in your Christian life.  We have established a new procedure for baptisms. 
In order for an adult, child, or infant to be baptized, the adult or the parents must attend a "Preparation for Baptism" session with the pastor or his designee.  Baptism is not only a sign of profession and a mark of difference whereby Christians are distinguished from others who are not baptized, but it is also a sign of regeneration or the new birth.
The African Methodist Episcopal Church recognizes the water baptism of infants, children, and adults. If you were baptized prior to joining Union Bethel, we believe the grace of God in the sacrament of water Baptism remains in effect. No ordained clergy person in the A.M.E. Church will re-baptize an infant, child, or adult. We continue to recognize the Sovereignty of God and the transforming power of the Holy Spirit in the Holy sacrament of water Baptism as confirmed by Jesus, the Christ.
Please know that the Preparation for Baptism session is a prerequisite for the Sacrament of Baptism.  If you are unable to attend, the baptism will be postponed until you are able to attend.  Baptisms are now held quarterly, per the following schedule for this conference year:
Preparation for Baptism Baptism Dates
May 21, 2019 May 26, 2019
July 23, 2019 July 28, 2019
September 17, 2019 September 22, 2019
November 19, 2019 November 24, 2019
January 21, 2020 January 26, 2020
March 17, 2020 March 22, 2020
May 19, 2020 May 24, 2020
July 21, 2020 July 26, 2020
September 22, 2020 September 27, 2020
November 17, 2020 November 22, 2020
January 19, 2021 January 24, 2021
Please contact the Union Bethel Administrative Office at 410.922.3286 for further information.  Once you have notified the church of your commitment for Baptism, you will be contacted to coordinate the baptism date and date for the preparation session.
Please Complete this form: Baptism Registration Form
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Remember -- baptism is a sign of regeneration or new birth!
Yours in Christ,
The Reverend Charles T. Sembly
Pastor, Union Bethel A.M.E. Church
Randallstown, Maryland
Section II.  The Articles of Religion No. 17  Of Baptism
Baptism is not only a sign of profession, and mark of difference; but it is also a sign of regeneration, or the new birth.  The baptism of young children is to be retained in the Church.

Source:  The Book of Discipline of the African Methodist Episcopal Church, 2016

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