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Wesleys Take the Web: Baptism


In this installment of our modern animated series which features the brothers who founded Methodism, John and Charles Wesley take the plunge to explore the deep waters of the sacrament of baptism.

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John Wesley: C'mon brother. Jump in. The water's nice and warm.

Charles Wesley: Of all the things Mother taught us, John, swimming wasn't one of them.

JW: But you can't just sit at the edge forever, Charles. At some point, you have to commit. You have to take the plunge.

CW: Are we still talking about swimming?

JW: Yes... And no. Floating in this water has me thinking about baptism.

CW: Really? This isn’t just another teachable moment?

JW: Think about it. Baptism "is the initiatory sacrament which enters us into covenant with God."

CW: What?

JW: Baptism is our entrance into the life of the church. It’s like wading into the shallow end. We're in the water, but can always go deeper.

CW: (Frightened) Deeper?

JW: Yes, deeper. Baptism is the first step of a lifelong spiritual journey.

CW: Is that why we baptize babies?

JW: Yes... and no. No matter how young or old we are when we’re baptized, we’re just getting started. For the rest of our lives, we are to live into our baptismal covenant every day.

CW: And it all starts with getting wet?

JW: Yes. Now jump. I’ll catch you.

CW: Alrighty. Cannonball!

See a variety of topics in the animated Wesleys Take the Web series. 

These videos were produced as a 21st century follow up to the popular clip known as “Clayride: A Gallop Through United Methodist History.”  Find out more about the making of “Clayride” from the artists who created that 1984 classic.

This video was produced by United Methodist Communications in Nashville, TN.
Media contact is Fran Walsh, 615-742-5458.
This video was first posted on January 25, 2019.