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#1 of 7 Old 03-31-2003, 05:21 PM - Thead Starter
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Friends of mine are getting baptized in 2 weeks. They are 26 & 37 years old. I'm not sure what "protocol" is. Do I get them a gift? Send them a card? Any ideas?
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Well, just curious... Do you know what kind of church they are joining or being baptised into?
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A card would be nice I think, but No one ever got me anything when I was baptized LOL So I don't know. In our Church although it is a big deal, it isn't anything like Confirmation for Catholics. No big parties or anything like that.
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I'm pretty sure it's a Baptist Church.
She's told me that in her church they wait until you are an adult before they baptize (sp?) you.
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In a Baptist church (or at least the ones I've been in), they consider baptism an outward act that's symbolic of a decision that they made within their hearts. If that makes any sense. Sometimes they have baby dedications, but they don't baptize anybody until they're old enough to make the conscious decision that they want to follow Christ and be baptized. I never got a gift when I was baptized, either, Shona. It would be a nice gesture, if you wanted to, but it certainly wouldn't be expected. If you did want to do something, a card would be nice, or if you really wanted to get them a gift, maybe a devotional book or a prayer journal or something. I think it's just up to you, but it's certainly not expected.
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Great!
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The description of what Baptists do is correct; all Baptist churches are against infant baptism because they believe the commitment has to come from a personal decision. This goes to the heart of the answer to the original question, because it really depends on what the specific tradition does. On the other hand, gifts are always nice. :)

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