Violet Affleck baptized on Christmas Eve

12/26/2006 at 03:17 PM ET

Violet Affleck, daughter of A-list actors Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner was reportedly baptized on Christmas Eve, along with her cousin.  The baptismal ceremony took place at Christ Church United Methodist in Charleston, W. Va, where Jen grew up.  Jen’s family, including her parents and sister Susannah are members at the church.

CCUM pastor Randy Flanagan says that the congregation is so familar with this family that there was no outburst or star-struck behavior when the couple showed up with 1-year-old Violet.

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Ruth on

I’m Jewish therefore I don’t know much about Christenings or Baptisms, please for give my ignorance when I ask the following question. Aren’t Jen and Ben a little late in Baptizing Violet or is the time in which these ceremonies take place up to the discretion of the parents?

Lydia on

I live near Charleston, WV and my friend Bekah’s mom nannies for Jennifer Garner’s sister Susannah’s two children, one of whom was baptised with Violet. Bekah got to be there and meet Jennifer and Ben. She said they were super nice, you would never know they were stars. Hopefully she will bring me along on the next meet and greet!

Tracy Michelle Draine on

Its good that their daugther is being baptized but when you get baptized, you are supposed to decided for yourself if this is what you reallly want to do and you are supposed to know what you are doing it for. Newborn babies, infants, toddlers, etc., can’t even make decisions or take care of themselves so how can they make that choice? This is a very serious thing and the parents should not make that choice for their child. When the child is old enough to make that decision and understand what it means, then they should be baptized.

Molly on

I’m happy that Jen and Ben got to have a low-key personal experience with their family.

Baptism can can be performed according to which religion you practice. It is not wrong to be Baptised at such a young age if your religion believes in doing so.

My religion believes in Christening babies. Which is also known as Baptizing babies.
It is a Dedication Ceremony for the Parents, Family and Church Family to look out for/ care for the baby.

When you are older you get Baptized again when you can fully understand what is being said, and can accept the beliefs of the our religion.

Erin on

I’m a United Methodist, and we believe that regardless of age, a person can be baptised. As a young teenager, usually around 13, children go through confirmation, and then make the actual commitment to Christ. When a baby is baptised, the parents make the promise to raise them in a loving, Christian home, and teach them about Christ and the Bible.

Baptism usually (at least in my experience) happens in the first year, usually between 6-12 mos (again, at least in the UMC).

Tracy on

Boy, I never heard such a story of having to be baptized twice. You do it twice I guess if you did it wrong the first time. All these religions making up their own thing. So much disorder. Baptism is a public declaration. It lets people know that you no longer live to your own will but the will of God who sent his only son Jesus Christ to die for us. Jesus was baptized only once at the age of 30 (Matthew 3:13-17). When someone wants to be baptised they should imitate the way Jesus did it, noy by sprinkling water on a persons face or running water or a persons head, your WHOLE BODY should be submerged briefly. How do they perform baptisms on babies and toddlers?

Autumn on

Oh boy we’re getting into some interesting conversations here! Well I think the main differences stem from which direction your church goes with baptism.

I think Catholics baptize their kids as infants so that they don’t end up in pergatory if they die (someone told me that once…I’m not Catholic) or something like that and it’s usually a sprinkling over a baptismal font.

Many Prodestant Christian churches believe that baptism is a choice a person makes when they “come of the age of reason” which is like what many of you’ve said around age 13 or so. (I was baptised at the age of 15 in my church, via sprinkling.)

Whether or not a person is fully immersed, like Jesus was, is usually up to the person and/or their congregation.

In my comgregation I’ve only seen one immersion, and that was when someone was baptised by a pond and wanted their’s to be that way.

Usually most people have it done by the pastor saying a prayer, they kneel down, the pastor cups his hands over the person’s head while a deacon pours a bit of water into his hands. The pastor then turns his hands over the person’s head, wetting it a bit, while he says “I baptise you by the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit” and they either he or one of the deacons help the person stand and he welcomes them into the church.

My church does have a child dedication service, which is much like how Violet’s baptism probably went, although it’s minus the actual baptism part, and the family receives a baby quilt made by the church ladies sewing circle in the end.

Theresa on

Wow, you are adamant about baptizing being done in your time frame.

Baptism is according to religion, so you need to take all of them into account – not just yours. Whose to say that any of them are more right than another. None of us here on Earth are the final decider anyway.

Different Christian religions believe different things in regards to baptism. Some do infant, some do whole body, etc.

I believe the Methodist poster (in regards to infant baptism) was not saying that baptism was being done again after confirmation but that the child/teenager is confirming their commitment to Christ.

Baptism doesn’t have to be whole body to “take” – again, it depends on what religion you follow. I seriously doubt arriving a the “holy gates” with only your head baptized instead of your whole body will be the deciding factor in whether or not your admitted.

And in regards to all these religions making up their own rules – does anyone one of us know what “the rules” actually are? NOne of us were around when “the rules” were being decided. It seems to me that the first organized Christian religion was Catholicism and they decided on infant baptism – wouldn’t all the later religions be the offshoots and the ones that are truly making up their own “rules”.

Teresa on

Just like Erin, I am also a Methodist. We do not have our children baptised twice they are baptised as infants, we (the parents)are making a promise to raise them in a Christian home. Next year my son will confirm HIS faith in front of God and our church, he will NOT be baptised again. My first son was baptised at 2 months, second at 9 months and my third at 3 months of age. We are very active in our church and also teach my children to be tolerant of other people. We do not teach them that one way is right or wrong.

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