Thursday, June 08, 2006
Disney Hosts Baptism Service
ORLANDO (FBW) — As Southern Baptist churches place renewed emphasis on baptism they are re-discovering the practice of public baptism in local lakes. First Baptist Church in Orlando and Lake Talquin Baptist Church in Tallahassee are among those who recently took the ordinance out of its usual stained-glass surroundings to public arenas.
More than 500 attended First Baptist, Orlando’s outdoor service at the Disney Contemporary Resort north beach May 21.
The man-made lake, just adjacent to Disney’s Magic Kingdom, was the site of 95 baptisms of believers ranging in age from seven to 88. Some couples and families were immersed together, including the Scalzo Family of five. The 95 baptisms were a record number for the church in one service, which lasted almost an hour, and included congregational singing to guitar accompaniment.
According to an article in the Orlando Sentinel, the baptism service at Disney World was “the latest act of reconciliation between the entertainment giant and evangelical Christians.”
The Southern Baptist Convention voted in 2005 to end a 10-year boycott of Disney that was initiated after Convention leaders considered the company to have abandoned its family-friendly values.
For the baptism service, Disney’s Contemporary Resort’s Convention Services provided restroom facilities, water, a sound system and chairs on the beach for the First Baptist Church service.
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95 baptisms in one day? That's a beautiful thing.
Posted by: Chris Dillingham | Jun 8, 2006 11:48:05 AM
Amen! If this doesn't pick your day up, check your pulse.
Posted by: WallyGator | Jun 8, 2006 12:26:27 PM
Man! Another way of saying it wally is, "If that doesn't get you excited, then your exciter is broken! (Mark Batterson)
FBC Orlando is a happening church. Its also good to see the SBC getting on board with an emphasis on baptism. Gotta love it!
Posted by: tony | Jun 8, 2006 5:13:39 PM
Posted by: Randy Ehle | Jun 8, 2006 6:09:31 PM
THAT brings sweet tears.
Posted by: Camey | Jun 8, 2006 6:44:30 PM
I love it.... Sounds good to me...
Posted by: Jeff Ruble | Jun 9, 2006 5:53:10 PM
What an awesome service that must have been.
I must admint have a such a love hate relationship with Disney.. They are one of the most creative organizations in the world with much to emulate, while at the same time, one of the most liberal organizations in the world.
Posted by: Eric Jaffe | Jun 10, 2006 2:08:31 PM
Todd, you got me going with the early Friday's Funnies, but then it looks like it's true, Oh well...
I got sprinkled at Six Flags over Atlanta once ;)
Posted by: Jay Gainer | Jun 10, 2006 3:16:41 PM
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