An exclusive Christian school in NEW YORK is apologizing after it baptized a lot more than 100 children without notifying parents.
Northwood Temple Academy in Fayetteville, N.C., announced on its Facebook page Thursday that it had “over 100 middle and students spontaneously declare their faith and obtain baptized” earlier that day.
Although most comments on the Facebook page were positive, the institution acknowledged that parents could have wished to attend.
Renee McLamb, head of school at Northwood Temple, said in a letter to parents that the baptism ceremony had recently been scheduled with a particular amount of children set to be baptized, with parents in attendance. Several more children, though, felt moved by God and requested to be baptized, McLamb said. TheFayetteville Observer quoted the letter.
The baptisms occurred through the school’s Spiritual Emphasis Week.
“Please think that it had been not the intention of any faculty member to accomplish anything behind a parent’s back or in virtually any sort of secret way,” McLamb wrote in the letter. “We’ve always notified and invited parents to become a portion of the baptisms that happen on the campus.”
“Truly, god, the father started to move today, and we were so worked up about what god, the father was doing,” McLamb wrote. “Several students had given their lives to god, the father during Spiritual Emphasis Week, plus they were scheduled to be baptized today. However the Spirit of god, the father moved, and the invitation to simply accept the Lord and become baptized was presented with, and the students just begun to respond to the current presence of god, the father.”
McLamb added that she understands parents “would need to be part of something so wonderful happening in the lives of these children.”
“I am sorry that we didn’t take that under consideration for the reason that moment,” McLamb said. “I pray that by the end of your day, we shall all rejoice because God truly did a work in the lives of our students.”
Most commenters on the school’s Facebook page applauded the baptisms.
“So glad to listen to that you didn’t stop what god, the father was doing in those little ones’ hearts!!” one woman wrote.
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Michael Foust has covered the intersection of faith and news for 20 years. His stories have appeared in Baptist Press,Christianity Today, The Christian Post, theLeaf-Chronicle,the Toronto Star andthe Knoxville News-Sentinel.