A baptism is a formal religious event during which a child is purified and introduced into the denominational faith. In catholic faith, chastening is generally indifferent from baptism because they both signify purification and a change of name. It is a time when your kid receives a new name to signify a new Christian character. Thereafter, old unwelcome things are consigned into the museum of history.
To attend a baptism is a great honor. This is because the event is significant and intimate in many ways. Essentially, very close friends and relatives get an opportunity to attend a christening. However, you never know who will invite you next. You may even organize your child’s baptism celebration this soon. And when this happens, how then will you be expected to behave in the course of the event? Here are the tips on what to expect and how to behave during a baptism or christening. For parents and the invitees alike, here is what you are expected to do during a child’s baptism or christening.
Get in touch with the church and the clergy early enough
The church has all the plans and procedure of conducting the baptism which off course have become part of denominational norms. On the other hand, you are the parent and therefore success of the occasion is in your best interest. For this reason, contact the church clergy in advance so that you work together to make everything a success.
This way, you will definitely avail all the necessary requirements in advance in the manner required. These include the name of your child as required, sponsors or godfathers, and any other additional information.
Additionally, you are able to determine the number of visitors to invite, if your child has to be baptized soon. In this sense, liaising with the clergy informs you on many things. For instance, whether the church welcomes members from outside their congregation or not, you’ll be informed.
Get in touch with your visitors
On your side, it is difficult to tell whether your visitors will all attend unless you get in touch with them. For this reason, maintaining constant communication with your visitors eliminates any apparent confusion. Specifically as a host, ask your visitors to specify anything they would like to know prior to their attendance.
On the actual day of baptism/christening, ensure you are at the venue very as early as possible before your visitors. By extension, if you are a visitor, arriving early also means a lot to the success of the occasion. Most importantly, whether your child is a baby or an older child, ensure you prepare him/her in advance for the event. In most instances however, preparing a baby is less demanding than preparing an older child.
Demonstrate baptism etiquette as a visitor
As already mentioned above, being invited for such an intimate occasion is not something to take for granted. At least, someone must have seen your importance, which you have to replicate through your actions on this day. And the best way to do this is to be as responsive as possible to their expectations.
First, be respectful by confirming your attendance in advance. Then, ensure you arrive early on the actual baptism day. Essentially, your etiquettes for a baptism are indifferent from the normal celebration etiquettes. The only difference is that a christening is purely religious. In this sense, dress appropriately to the standards and the requirements of the church.
Mannerisms are also part and parcel of the occasion. It is advisable not to make too much fun. That is if you just have to. Regard this as a milestone in the life of the child being baptized, so that this will form future relations foundation. On the same note, simply uphold humility, integrity, respect and on top of everything, love.
Plan optimally for the baptism
Gift-giving is a practice and an observance that cuts across all celebrations in the US. By the way, children are at the heart of receiving gifts in whichever occasion. Whether it concerns them directly or not, they will have to enjoy by all means.
Now, the question as to what specifically you should bring the baptized child is contextually specific. For this reason, it is important to consult parents of the child in advance. Then, ask them whether they prefer anything specific for their children or they are open to anything. Alternatively, an older child would talk on his own behalf.
Sometimes, you may want to bring something that you feel is treasured. In such a situation, it is advisable to come along with silver in form of silver spoon, plate, cup and so forth. Silver is just an example among many, but there are other things that the child will obviously treasure throughout his entire life. In any case, let your gift be something helpful to the child.
Uphold good mannerisms
Good mannerisms are essential in any given celebration, whether religious or not. At least, you should observe the values of the denomination while in the church. For instance, moving along with the congregation in time of singing, worshiping and offering won’t change your faith. If you are a visitor affiliated to the same denomination, you will find this easy.
In terms of appreciation, whether verbal or otherwise, don’t stress so much. All you need is to show gratitude. For the host, it is also important to let your visitors feel free. For instance, you can have a plate on which concealed envelopes will be dropped. Such envelopes will often have money, but it also works out to write something in addition to the cash.
Concluding Remarks: By this end, you have already seen what a baptism or a christening is and how it can be tricky minus these five tips. Basically, what you need to master is the nature of the occasion and everything else will simply follow afterwards. Again, if you have once attended such an occasion before, you are better able to see the truth entailed in these tips.
Obviously, you want to make your child’s memories great. This is by doing all there is to be done unto him or her on their baptism day. You are not bound to these regulations alone with finality. Contexts vary and you will probably find that something else is worth doing than what we’ve mentioned here. As long as it is good to uphold, go ahead. Otherwise, most baptism occasions will demand that you expect what we’ve given you, and then behave appropriately.