I WANT TO BAPTIZE MY CHILD… NOW WHAT?

Awesome! Before you make an appointment, here’s what you can expect…

A Typical Baptism Appointment

I walk you from my office into the church building. I crack open my Book of Common Prayer and walk you through the whole ceremony.

I explain who says what and when. I suggest where everyone stands, so people in the pews can see. And, of course, I show you when the photographer should take his best shots.

All this takes no more than 5 minutes!

I speed through it, because I don’t believe it’s that important. What’s important is your child’s baptism into Christ.

“But, wait! Isn’t that the same thing?”

No, it’s not. Let’s not confuse baptism with the baptism ceremony.

The ceremony itself takes fifteen minutes. You get through the whole hour-and-a-half Sunday service and it’s over and you go home.

But a baptism is not something you get over with and you’re done. Your child’s baptism is not a one-time event. It lasts a lifetime.

Soooooo… What is Baptism?

I’ll start off with what it’s not.

Baptism is not magic. I don’t cast a spell and turn your child into a Christian. The words said, the water I use to baptize your child: there’s nothing magical about them.

When I baptize with water, I am teaching your child that Christ washes away sin and makes us pure before God (Luke 3:16).

Baptism is also not a rite of passage. It is the start of one’s faith.

I get bothered when parents baptize their child and never again set foot in a church. Sorry, but a child’s faith formation doesn’t work that way!

They need to have a regular worship life. They need to consume Scripture as their spiritual food. They need a consistent prayer life. These things can only help strengthen your child.

Faith is like a muscle. If you don’t exercise it, the muscle would become weak and useless. With God’s help, do all you can to never let this happen with your child’s baptism.

I have fought the good fight, finished the race, and kept the faith (2 Timothy 4:7 CEB)

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