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Thursday, August 18 2016

Baptism Gifts for Boys from Grandparents

The following article suggests some unique and interesting ideas on baptism gifts for boys from grandparents. Read on to know what to gift the baby boy to make the ceremony memorable...

When a baby is baptized, the day is very special for him and his family. The child may take years to realize the importance of this ceremony, but for his family, it is a day of great celebration, the memories of which they will cherish forever! That's why, baptism gifts, that are given on this day to the baby, by close friends and family members, should be chosen with a lot of care and consideration. The gifts should be such that they commemorate this ceremony and once in a lifetime occasion. And if the gifts are given by grandparents or godparents, even more so!

Thoughtful Baptism Gifts

Cutlery Set
Silver gifts always make for a great gift idea. One of the most useful silver gifts is to give the child a cutlery set, including small forks, spoons, plates and other utensils, which a child can have his first meal in. Very thoughtful and cute gift indeed, especially if it comes from the grandparents!

One of the most unusual baptism gifts is to give the baby boy a rosary necklace which has his birthstone engraved in the pendant. According to astrology, wearing one's birthstone is very lucky and auspicious for a person. So, bring love and luck into the life of the child by gifting him this rare jewelry piece.

Gift Baskets
Another useful gift is to prepare a gift basket which has things like baby clothes, baby booties, diapers, baby powder and soap, sweaters, blankets, etc in it. The parents of the baby boy would love to receive such a gift as all these items will come very handy when taking care of the baby.

Bible and a Cross
A bible and a cross make for a good and religious baptism gift. As this is a pretty common gift, to make it special, get the cross made in gold, put it in a gold chain and then gift it to the baby boy! With this gift, the little child will have something to believe in and cherish, throughout his life!

Diaper Cake
For those of you who want to add some fun to the baptism ceremony, a diaper cake is an ideal gift! Although, it may seem a bit far stretched, but everyone attending the ceremony is sure to remember this fun gift from grandparents for a very long time! Make sure to give something else, along with this gift, as being grandparents, your gift should carry some weight.

Flashy and colorful toys, which attract a child's attention and also aid in his learning in some way, are other popular gift choices. By gifting such toys, grandparents are in a way offering some relief to the parents. As kids get busy playing with these toys, it will give some time to the parents to relax and enjoy in each other's company!

Personalized Photo Frame
Personalized gifts, which have the baby's name, date of birth and date of christening ceremony engraved on them are always welcomed as baptism gifts. These days, personalized photo frames which have a Christian blessing on one side and an adjacent empty space to keep the baby boy's photo, are available. So, you can get such photo frames, insert the photo and gift it to the boy during the ceremony. The parents can keep this frame in their bedroom or in the child's room. Every time they look at it, it will remind them of your sweet and thoughtful gesture!

With the coming of the baby, there is a lot of financial stress on the parents. Hospital bills, medication costs, new purchases for the baby - parents have to spend on a lot of things. To ease their financial burden, grandparents can give them cash or investment certificates. They can even open up an education fund for the boy and contribute to it from time to time. This gift will be very useful for the parents and they will never ever forget your help!

When it comes to choosing baptism gifts, they should be useful, fun, rare or possess a religious sentiment! Whatever type of gift that you choose for the baby boy, remember, it should be such that everyone around, especially the parents, appreciate it immensely! One more thing - the gift from the grandparents should stand out from the rest!

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Tuesday, August 09 2016

6 Common Questions About Baptism

By: john weirick

1. What is baptism?

Baptism is an outward expression of an inward change. It’s a public declaration of how Jesus changed your life. Being baptized shows others that you’ve decided to follow Jesus, and allows them to celebrate this decision with you (Acts 16:31-34).

Baptism doesn’t save a person; it’s a symbol and celebration of salvation (1 Peter 3:21). The power that brought Jesus back to life is the same power Jesus uses to change our lives – and that’s worth getting excited about!

2. Why should I be baptized?

Why does baptism matter? Jesus instructs us to be baptized and set the example by being baptized (Matthew 28:19-20, Mark 1:9).

Obedience to Jesus shows we believe and follow Him. (1 John 2:3). Because Jesus went public about His love for us, we can go public about our love for Him. Being baptized shows that we turn away from a life of sin toward Jesus, the only one who can change us (Acts 2:38-41).

3. When’s the best time to be baptized?

For everyone who decides to follow Jesus, baptism is the next step. Anyone who commits his or her life to following Jesus is ready to be baptized (Acts 8:12).

4. Do you baptize children?

As parents, we can help point our children to Jesus, but they are the ones to decide if they will commit their lives to Him (Romans 10:9).

Any instance of baptism follows a person’s decision to trust Jesus for his or her salvation and commitment to follow Him (Acts 10:47-48). At NewSpring, we wait until children are old enough to express their own decision to follow Jesus and understand the meaning of baptism.

If your child has already asked Jesus into his life, explain what baptism is and what it means. Facilitate the conversation, but don’t dominate it. Read more tips for talking to your kids about baptism.

5. What’s the difference between immersing, sprinkling and other ways of baptizing?

Baptisms in the Bible were by immersion. The original word for baptism most often referred to being immersed or submerged in water. Jesus was baptized by being immersed in the water and rising out of it (Matthew 3:16, Mark 1:10).

Submersion in the water symbolizes the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus (1 Corinthians 15:3-4). Being submersed underwater represents our death to sin and old way of life, and being raised out of the water is a picture of how Jesus raised us and gave us a fresh start in life (Romans 6:3-5).

6. Do I need to be baptized again?

If you haven’t been baptized by immersion since you decided to follow Jesus, we want to help you take your next step of being baptized. Once you’ve taken that step, there’s no need to be baptized again.

God never asks us to take a next step that isn’t good for us. He always gives us more than we deserve or can imagine, including the joy we receive from listening to Him and doing what He says.
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Sunday, August 07 2016

Talking To Kids About Baptism

  • If your child wants to get baptized, ask questions. Baptism comes after salvation, so start with the basics: Can you tell me who Jesus is? What did He do for you? Here’s one way to explain salvation in a way kids can understand:
    • God loves you! He made you and knows everything about you. (Psalm 139)
    • When we mess up and do wrong things, it’s called sin. We deserve to be punished for those things, but when we follow Jesus, He takes the punishment for us. (Ecclesiastes 7:20)
    • To follow Jesus, you have to admit that you’re a sinner and that you’ve messed up. You need to tell God you’re sorry. (Acts 3:19)
    • God loves you so much He sent His son Jesus to earth. Jesus took the punishment for the sin of everyone who would believe in him by dying on a cross. But Jesus didn’t stay dead! God brought Jesus back to life. To follow Jesus, you have to believe Jesus died for you and that God brought Jesus back to life.  (Romans 10:9-10)
    • Finally, we commit to following Jesus by praying a prayer:

God, I know you love me. I admit I have done wrong things. and I am truly sorry. I believe in my heart that Jesus, your son, died for me and you brought Him back to life. I commit to following you. Jesus you are my leader, the Lord of my life! Amen.

  • If your child has already asked Jesus into his life, explain what baptism is and what it means. Here are some suggestions and places to point to in their Bible:
    • Now that you’ve committed to following Jesus, you need to let others know by getting baptized. (Mark 16:16)
    • Baptism takes place in the water. It’s a picture of what Jesus did when He took the punishment for you sins. When you go under the water, it shows people that you believe Jesus died for you. When you come out of the water, you show others that you believe God brought Jesus back to life. (Romans 6:4)
    • Getting saved and then baptized doesn’t mean your life will be perfect. There will be times when you will sin and make wrong choices. When this happens, pray and ask Jesus to forgive you. Jesus took the punishment for all our sin. That means even though you will sin again, you don’t need to be saved or baptized again. (1 Peter 3:18)
    • You can continue following Jesus day by day by reading the Bible, doing what Jesus says and praying every day. (Psalm 1:2)
  • Facilitate the conversation, but don’t dominate it. Kids are naturally curious. Commit to answering every question, no matter how silly, and let you child ask lots of questions.
  • Remember, walking with Jesus is not a race. Baptism is the first step after salvation for everyone, kids included. But it's possible your child might not be ready. And that’s OK! It's always better to wait than to pressure children to take a step they don't understand.

As parents, we often want to make things happen for our kids. Our hearts are in the right place. We want what is best for our kids. But baptism is about their faith, not ours. What we choose and they do might last for a while, but what they choose and they do will last forever.
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Wednesday, August 03 2016

Baby Naming Ceremony

Baby naming is a celebration of the birth of your child. It is a function where relatives and friends are invited to gather at home or church to bless the baby. According to your choice, you can choose baptism, church blessings, or secular ceremony to name your baby. Take a look at some of these ceremonies mentioned in this Buzzle article.

Baby naming ceremony is a special occasion to name your newborn baby. Naming a person is important for his identity that abides for the whole life. Parents confirm baby's identity among the relatives through this event officially. The baby's arrival into family is welcomed hereby.

Parents or guardians can arrange a naming celebration at home or any venue with their relatives and friends. Usually people name their child in a Classic, Birthday or Bespoke ceremony. Of course, there are different ways you can celebrate this day, you can celebrate this in your own way like selecting a poem or a well-organized speech, after the ceremony you can throw a party wherein lot of entertaining plays for kids can be played, followed by many delicious recipes as per your concept. Sometimes it is preferable to opt for rejoicers who are trained and will help you to conduct the ceremony according to your choice.

Further, a script option is another alternative, for the parents who are guided for selecting their own program rather than sourcing the work outside. You can also name your elder children at the same time when you baptize your newly born.

Different Customs of Naming Ceremony

Most of the Christians favor christening or baptism wherein parents profess their faith before Pope. Baptism, a religious ceremony is taken place mostly by the Eastern Orthodox Church and Roman Catholic Church. During the ceremony, the baby is cleansed with Holy water. Whereas in a church blessing, children are given gifts and a thanksgiving prayer is recited before God. As per some customs, parents only pray for blessings without any ceremonial formalities. These days informal church blessing or thanksgiving is arranged mainly on Sundays and constitutes a series of enchanted prayers.

They are lots of different customs according to countries all over the world. Jewish customs mainly follow two customs: Traditional Synagogue worship service followed by a Kiddush from the Torah (sacred book of Moses) for the healthy recovery of both mother and the child. The baby is named to get an identity; most of the time circumcision is arranged for a baby boy, eight days after his birth. Relatives and friends can suggest names and explain the meanings respectively in Hebrew and English languages. Second is the Brit milah, a less formal ceremony held at parents' home where grandparents come and bless their grandchild.

Secular ceremony, the latest trend in UK, focuses on the practice of relevant faith with personal care to the child. Here we find no prayer or blessing as these concepts are considered to be orthodox.

Few Points:

The first thing to be done is register the birth of your child and mention the time, date, sex, place, and baby's name supported by the details of parents. Registration process should be initiated within 42 days at the registry office situated in your area or where the baby was born.

The name you have in your mind for the baby should match with your name if you wish or it can be suggestive of the baby's features too. You can also think for several nicknames according to the initial letters of your baby's name.

Select a name that is interesting, unique, and meaningful, but keep in mind that he/she has to live with it their whole life.

Declaration method can enrich the naming ceremony as it includes announcement and invitation cards to relatives and friends, and a certificate from the church. At the end, parents promise to take care of their baby and support his/her throughout their life is the main motive of the ceremony after announcing the baby's name.

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Monday, August 01 2016
Dedication and Baptism

One must note that child dedication is not the same as child baptism.

The Bible instructs all Christians to be baptized in the name of Jesus. Mark 16:16 says; "He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned."

Baptism, followed by Protestants and Roman Catholics, is a sacrament that symbolizes that the baby is a new member of the Church. It is an outward expression of the inward affirmation of being saved.

On the other hand, the believers and the born-again Christians believe that a baby by his own will cannot commit his life to God. Thus they only dedicate their child in the Church. The child when old enough to understand about Christianity and the sacrifice of Jesus, may surrender his life to Christ, after which Baptism is conducted. Therefore, they imitate and follow the people from the scriptures, who were all adults and baptized by their own will, by Jesus, John the Baptist, and Jesus' disciples.

Thus we can say that child dedication is followed by believers and born-again Christians and not by the Protestants and Roman Catholics. Instead the Protestants and Roman Catholics follow child baptism.
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