What to Write in a Baptism Card

by William McCoy

An invitation to a baptism is an opportunity to share in a special moment with not just the person who is being baptized, but also immediate friends and family. Take some time to not only choose an appropriate baptism card, but also share your best wishes and thoughts on this important occasion. Tailor your message based on the age of the person being baptized.

Messages for Infants

If the person being baptized is an infant, he won't read your card's message until a later date. Express your joy over being part of the ceremony and share how you felt watching it; for example, say, "My heart was full of joy as I watched you at the front of the church." Convey your best wishes and tailor this part of your message toward religion if you also attend church: "I hope today's events are the first of many times you walk holding the hand of God," for instance.

Messages for Parents

It's appropriate to give a card to the parents of an infant being baptized to show your appreciation for being invited, share your best wishes and commend them for having their child baptized. Say, for example, "It was a truly an honor to be part of today's ceremony," or, "Thanks for making me part of today. I wouldn't have missed it for the world." To reflect on the parents' feelings, say "You must be absolutely thrilled to see your first-born child become a child of God."

Messages for Children or Adults

Address your card directly to the person being baptized if she is of age to read and understand it. Commend the person for taking part in the ceremony. For example, say, "I know you're nervous to stand in front of such a large group, but you made us all proud." Share your sentiments about the content of the church ceremony through a message such as, "I hope you remember this moment throughout your life and always rely on God's words to provide guidance."

Include Bible Scripture

Many biblical quotes can help strengthen your message in a baptism card. If you're familiar with the Bible, include a quote that the person being baptized can read and consider, either now or when he's old enough to read. A suitable example is John 3:5, which reads: "Jesus answered, Truly, truly, I say to you, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God."

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About the Author

Toronto-based journalist William McCoy has been writing since 1997, specializing in topics such as sports, nutrition and health. He serves as the Studio's sports and recreation section expert. McCoy is a journalism graduate of Ryerson University.