4th Sunday of every month at 10:00am for Bessemer.
4th Sunday of every month at 12:00pm for Derby.
Meet our baptism team at the Welcome Center inside the church lobby.
You will need to bring any appropriate bottom, towel, extra under garments, and socks. You will also need to bring any form of hair protection. We will provide a shirt.
For COVID safety measures, you may only bring up to 5 people.
Below are the guidelines and procedures every TWC Campus will be following to ensure our baptisms are a safe experience for those being baptized and those in attendance:
Current guidelines to be practiced for all in attendance:
- Temperature check
- Wear a mask
- Practice social distancing
- Wash your hands frequently and avoid touching your face
Considerations For Individuals Performing Baptisms:
- Staff members who have had a positive COVID test in the past 6 months or have been vaccinated, if available.
- Willing volunteers who have had a positive COVID test in the past 6 months or have been vaccinated, if available.
- Staff and volunteers supporting baptism in and out of the pool will wear a mask covering the nose and mouth as well as eye protection.
Procedure For Individuals Being Baptized:
- Due to COVID protocol all participants will be responsible for bringing the following items: Extra Undergarments
- Hair Protector (Water Preventer)
- Wear a face covering until just before entering the pool.
- Place your mask inside your towel for the pool attendant to hold.
• While in the pool, no face covering will be worn.
- Baptism may be performed as speciﬁed by the Spiritual Formation Team.
- Upon rising from the water, the person being baptized will be handed their towel.
- When practical and as soon as possible, the person being baptized shall put on their face covering.
On-site: Proper Care for Pool Water
The number of people being baptized per pool, per service may be limited.
This dilution is a sanitizing solution. The solution will not be harmful for submersion.
These recommended guidelines may be modiﬁed or rescinded based on the current status from the CDC or local public health agencies.
Questions About Baptism?
People often have questions regarding baptism: Why should I be baptized? What if I’ve already been baptized—do I have to do it again? Does it matter if someone is sprinkled or dunked? Take a few minutes to read the answers to these 6 common questions about baptism.
What Is Baptism?
Baptism is an outward expression of an inward change. It’s a public declaration of how Jesus changed your life. Being baptized shows others that you’ve decided to follow Jesus, and allows them to celebrate this decision with you (Acts 16:31-34).
Baptism doesn’t save a person; it’s a symbol and celebration of salvation (1 Peter 3:21). The power that brought Jesus back to life is the same power Jesus uses to change our lives – and that’s worth getting excited about!
Why Should I Be Baptized?
Why does baptism matter? Jesus instructs us to be baptized and set the example by being baptized (Matthew 28:19-20, Mark 1:9).
Obedience to Jesus shows we believe and follow Him. (1 John 2:3). Because Jesus went public about His love for us, we can go public about our love for Him. Being baptized shows that we turn away from a life of sin toward Jesus, the only one who can change us (Acts 2:38-41).
When Is The Best Time To Be Baptized?
For everyone who decides to follow Jesus, baptism is the next step. Anyone who commits his or her life to following Jesus is ready to be baptized (Acts 8:12).
Do You Baptize Children?
As parents, we can help point our children to Jesus, but they are the ones to decide if they will commit their lives to Him (Romans 10:9).
Any instance of baptism follows a person’s decision to trust Jesus for his or her salvation and commitment to follow Him (Acts 10:47-48). At TWC, we wait until children are old enough to express their own decision to follow Jesus and understand the meaning of baptism.
If your child has already asked Jesus into their life, explain what baptism is and what it means. Facilitate the conversation, but don’t dominate it.
What’s The Difference Between Immersing, Sprinkling And Other Ways Of Baptizing?
Baptisms in the Bible were by immersion. The original word for baptism most often referred to being immersed or submerged in water. Jesus was baptized by being immersed in the water and rising out of it (Matthew 3:16, Mark 1:10).
Submersion in the water symbolizes the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus (1 Corinthians 15:3-4). Being submersed underwater represents our death to sin and old way of life, and being raised out of the water is a picture of how Jesus raised us and gave us a fresh start in life (Romans 6:3-5).
Do I Need To Be Baptized Again?
If you haven’t been baptized by immersion since you decided to follow Jesus, we want to help you take your next step of being baptized. Once you’ve taken that step, there’s no need to be baptized again.
God never asks us to take a next step that isn’t good for us. He always gives us more than we deserve or can imagine, including the joy we receive from listening to Him and doing what He says.