Infant baptism usually occurs around one month of age and is often the first major event in a baby’s life. It is important to choose invitations that reflect the significance of this blessed event.
What is Baptism?
Baptism is one of two holy sacraments in the Christian church, the other being communion. Baptism is always a religious ceremony, where the baby is introduced to his church family and presented to God. If an older child or an adult is being baptized, it is even more significant because it signals a conscious choice to accept Jesus Christ as his Savior by announcing this belief in the presence of the church.
Water is used to symbolize God cleansing the soul, acceptance of what Jesus did on the cross, and a spiritual rebirth in Jesus. This is the main reason that certain denominations choose not to recognize infant baptism since babies are unable to consciously accept Jesus. Often, there will be a blessing and the parents will be asked to promise to love, protect and raise their child according to Biblical principles.
Who To Invite to the Baptism
Family, close friends and members of the church special to your family should be formally invited to the baptism. This is a time to celebrate, whether it’s the joy over a new baby or the celebration of an older person’s acceptance of Jesus Christ.
Baptism Invitation Tips and Ideas
This is a truly special event and is often commemorated with a celebration following the baptism ceremony. The event could be an informal or formal luncheon or just a gathering with heavy hors d’oeuvres for family and friends. Either way, these details must be included on the invitation in addition to the ceremony details.
Even if you decide not to host a gathering after the ceremony, you still need to send invitations if you want people other than the congregation to attend. Invitations popular today are photo cards that can also double as birth announcements if you prefer to send them together. In this case, it is especially relevant to use a photo card since this might be many people’s first time seeing your baby.
Non-photo invitations are also popular and could feature images of a cross, an open Bible, doves, or the outline of an angel in either pink or blue. Non-photo invitations are typically layered, with the invitation printed on vellum paper and attached to darker colored cardstock with a satin ribbon. These are particularly relevant for an older child or adult preparing to celebrate baptism.
Instead of the typical invitation wording, remember the event and begin with a Bible verse or a baptism-related poem to set the tone. Color is also important, although you aren’t restricted to white and pink or white and blue, depending on the baby’s gender. Rich colors like gold, red, navy, and hunter green are prevalent on baptism invitations. If you are using a photo, dress your baby either in white or a coordinating color to match the invitation.
By creating a meaningful invitation to match the meaning of baptism, you will be blessed with a lovely keepsake to frame and cherish for years to come.