This past Sunday, my church had its' third annual Children's Baptism Service. This year, 26 kids were baptized between the two services.
My denomination follows the doctrine of baptism by immersion. However, the building does not have a built-in baptistery so an elongated Jacuzzi-type pool is wheeled onstage. The participants then climb up the 3 steps, and step down into the water, to sit at the opposite end where there is a molded seat.
Prior to this event, all interested kids met with a pastor to ensure their understanding of the decision to be baptized.
The service is totally dedicated to the kids, and the songs they like to sing. A few songs were sung, followed by a few kids getting baptized. The Pastor explained baptism to the congregation, and then each child read off from a card why they wanted to be baptized. They were then dunked underwater. Sometimes, parents are up on stage and on occasion, a parent, or special person in the kid’s life will do the submerging. Of course, it can get emotional, especially if the child or family has a story behind the decision.
My church has an awesome children’s ministry and this event is one of the highlights each year.