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SUNDAY SOLILOQUY: Are creeks still used for baptism today?

The spirit is willing but the creek was cold

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Shannon Hollon

I remember a few years ago me and my 2 boys(Justin and Jake) were baptized in Roupes creek down below the old Tannehill ironworks. Jake(6 years old at the time) asked if he could get baptized, I told him he could if he had asked Jesus into his heart.Unnamed creek


Jakes reply was ” Daddy! I have asked Him in my heart a thousand times”….my reply “Well son  I think that probably makes you a candidate for it”unnamed creek2

It was a hot July day as the preacher led us out into the water…I never will forget when he immersed me and I came up…The preacher thought I was shouting but it wasn’t a move of the spirit but that the water was ice cold.

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99 comments

  1. Melissa Lee Lynn

    We have used creeks rivers, lakes and ponds.

  2. Gregg Alexander

    Our church uses ponds, lakes, creeks, and the babtism in the church

  3. Fred Perry

    I was.babtized in a farm pond on sand mountain ala. 1969

    1. Beth Spires-Jones

      My Mama & her siblings all baptized in South Sauty Creek in the Antioch community on Sand Mountain, near Fyffe, Al.

  4. Jean Moore Sanderson

    Yes they are. You can still walk up on a baptism on Canoe Creek near us. We’ve seen quite a few people dunked in that creek.

  5. Kenneth H. Haughton

    When a youngster in mid thirties to mid forties we attended several of these baptisimals. Quaint and effective. I got dunked in a proper pool in a fine old church…in my opinion, the creek method probably would have worked better on me?

  6. Jerry Ann Robinson

    I was Baptized in a creek

  7. Jerry Ann Robinson

    Romar Beach Baptist Church in Orange Beach uses the Gulf of Mexico. Paul Smith is the pastor

  8. Ruth Duncan-Thompson

    as long as it is running water

  9. Lori Hamilton

    I remember them but nowadays they go to swimming pools and so on

  10. Chris Lummus

    Hillabee Campground Methodist Church, Tallapoosa County, has a creek with a baptising pool nearby but I doubt they use it these days…probably just sprinkle.

  11. Carol McDonald Henry

    I have seen them in Mobile Bay.

  12. Rejetta Balentine

    In Kenya they sometimes have to use what we would call mud holes!!!

  13. David Franks

    I’ll be baptized in Bull Mt. Creek the 26th of July !

  14. Riverboat John Ferguson

    Locust Fork of the Black Warrior River from beginning in Etowah County thru Blount County. Most popular point is behind Bethel Baptist Church in Snead.

  15. Sandra Booker

    I am 54 years old and th church my father was a preacher at th time they used ponds .

  16. Bill Burt

    Spring Creek Cumberland Presbyterian in Montevallo does!

  17. Joyce Barkley Dotson

    We were going to Chatahooche State Park one Sunday afternoon, and there was a baptism in a creek just before we got to the park. Of course, I don’t know the church name though.

  18. Philip Anderson

    Willowbrook Church has river baptisms every summer

  19. Sharon Noble Oliver

    My boy was baptized in a Georgia creek 4 years ago so I bet there are plenty in Alabama still.

  20. La Rue Burt

    The Little Cahaba River in Bibb County is used by various churches near Cahaba Valley Baptist.

    1. Yes we still use the Little Cahaba River . Our church Cahaba Valley Baptist Church ( Founded as Carlton Hill) was founded in 1718 and the doors have never been closed. We are few in numbers but the Lord will bring them back. We also welcome other churches that want to baptise there. We have Sunday Morning & Sunday night services. We hope that soon that we can start our Wed night service again soon.

  21. I watched a baptism in the Black Warrior River last night. Still happening.

  22. Denise Hayes

    Vintage Faith Church, Decatur, Alabama

  23. Carol June Flynn

    Yes we do! Tenneesse River alabama

  24. Donald Wheeles

    I remember when creeks were used.

  25. Donna Franks- Howell

    yes.. my cousin friend was baptized just last week in the river.

  26. My Momma and her sibling were Baptized in Piegon Creek in that same Community name in Butler County. Yes the water is freezing cold there, too.

  27. Shannon Hall Jones

    Yes. One of our local churchs hosts a baptism in the Alabama River.

  28. Donna Gentry

    We do at New Life Baptist Church 12th. Gadsden! 🙂

  29. Regina Rodriguez

    I was baptized in Tannehill creek ,it was freezing in August .

  30. Diann Hays

    Don’t tell!!!!they will make a law against it!!!

  31. Marlene Shaw

    oooon thhe 17th of may me and my daughter were baptised in the gulf at panama city beach,fl i am 79 my daughter is 54

    1. The church I attended until a few weeks ago baptizes in the Gulf of Mexico near Inlet Beach.

  32. Gary Wright

    Our church is located beside Cotaco creek, we have babtisms in the creek, my daughter and I were babtized in that creek.

  33. Rita Hutcheson

    I was baptized in Flat Rock Creek in Alabama in the sixties & my husband was baptized in a pond in Henagar Alabama in the eighties & as far as I know there are still a lot of baptizing in creeks ponds & rivers still going on!! Praise God!

  34. Julie Kilgo Harper

    Snead Alabama at first baptis

  35. I was baptized in Dennis Drew’s pond at Rehobeth, AL in the 50’s. The pond is no longer there.

  36. Kathy Becker Barr

    Baptized in the Tennessee River early 70’s in north Alabama.

  37. One of the hymns which was used when a baptism was being held in the 40s and early 50s was “Shall we Gather at the River”. The creek was also used as our swimming hole and there were many Sunday afternoons the swimmers got out until the service was over and then we jumped back into the creek.

  38. We have a road close to us called Camp Meeting Road. And the creek that runs past it is called, you guessed it…Camp Meeting Creek…I just know in my heart that they (the old timers) had big revivals and baptisms at that spot…

  39. Joyce Parmer Crook

    We do at Braggs Christian and New Bethel Baptist Churches in Braggs, Alabama.

  40. Ray Zardoust

    Yes up in hazel green

  41. Mary Faircloth

    I was baptized in a creek in West Bend, AL (small town in Clarke County) years ago, but they don’t do that there now.

  42. Joann Allen

    My Dad, Mom,brother and myself got baptized in a pond years ago. We held on to each other and was baptized at the exact time together! And our hymn was “As we gather at the river, the beautiful beautiful river”. Wonderfuly blessed!

  43. Julie Adams

    Alabama River last weekend in Lowndesboro

  44. Paula Parmer Smith

    My kids were baptized in a creek in Alabama about 7 years back . But, I think they are rare with the heated, chlorinated baptistries so comfy

  45. James Hall

    Caroline Davis did a photo book on footwashings and baptisms if I remember correctly.

  46. Nancy Price

    My grandson, Chris Jones, was baptized in a creek a month or so ago.

  47. Joy Steiner

    FBC Pensacola has Gulf baptisms sometimes!

  48. Wayne Morrison
    1. Carla Ann Love Tinney

      Yes and cattle troughs like I was baptized in by John Love at Wewoka

  49. They must have cleaned it up since I last saw it about 12 years sgo.

  50. Denise Lunsford Hayes

    My son was baptized in 2010 in the Choctawhatchee River in Clayhatchee Alabama. He always said he would be baptized in the river and he found someone that would brave the river in October!

  51. Spring Creek Cumberland Presbyterian Church does in Montevallo

  52. Mary Clyne Maynard Forbus

    They had one the first of summer at Wind Creek park

  53. Brenda Sue

    Not sure. Iam 62. I was Baptised @16 in a small area where hogs were watered

  54. Windy Jarrett

    I was baptised in the Tennessee River in the 90’s in Scottsboro

  55. Jane Lawrence Ross

    I was baptized in a creek in taylorsville, Georgia and with my husband also. It is so natural and a great experience.

  56. My father-in-law is 86 and was baptized in the Cahaba River on Father’s day 2015….

  57. Janie Ward

    I do not know about baptisms but I love to swim and play in them

  58. Chris Lyles

    Shiloh Baptist Church, Fort Payne

  59. Linda Maddox Hammond

    Shepherds chapel in Gravett, Arkansas

  60. Frog Price

    Romar Beach Baptist Church uses the Gulf of Mexico.

  61. Sue Lucas DeBoer

    I was baptized in the creek in montevallo that the big bridge goes over.on this side of hwy25

  62. Donna McLemore Barton

    I was baptized in Anderson Creek and I wouldn’t change it for the world!

  63. Dennis Sherer

    There is a church in Florence, I cannot remember the name, that holds baptisms in the Tennessee River at McFarland Park.

  64. Carol McDonald Henry

    I have watched them in Mobile Bay in Fairhope.

  65. Kathy Baldwin

    First United Methodist, Brewton AL, Burnt Corn Creek, just a couple of weeks ago.

  66. Laura Thomas Hawkins

    yes I know a few who will…….

  67. Loren Peters Capsopoulos

    I am Orthodox, and that is the preferred method- no matter where you live. Sometimes it has ice. LOL

  68. JoanAnd David Strachan

    Tannehill park in bucksville,ala.

  69. Glenn Link

    According to Hattie Bridges baptism must be done in running water to wash your sins away.

  70. Paul Weathers

    yes they are right below my house in the creek

  71. Walter Coleman

    Kayaking on Terrapin Creek last year, I happened on a congregation gathered on a sand bar where they had a baptismal. Delightful !

  72. Pat Breter

    I was baptized in a creek 53 years ago.

  73. Bob Brooks

    Does salt water baptism take?

  74. Nancy Taff Brasher

    Grace Baptist in Mccalla in their Lake

  75. Mary Roberson

    Yes we do, eastern Okla.

  76. Charles Simpson

    “Come on in boys, the water sure is fine!”

  77. Rita Conley Piper

    I was baptized in the Pacific Ocean.

    1. Jay Stewart

      Thanks for the tag Adam! The answer is Yes!

  78. Regina Rodriguez

    I was baptized in the cold waters of Tannehill in the park.

  79. Debbie Stanley Alfrey Teichert

    My brother does river baptisms all the time. Pastor Hilburn Stanley

  80. Regina Rodriguez

    I was baptized there many years ago.

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