Sunday, September 22, 2013

A Special Day

Today my ten-year-old son was baptized. He began talking to us about wanting to be baptized over a year ago. He had seen several baptisms already, but he began to talk more concretely about it after hearing the Godly Play baptism story a couple of times. 

When we were sure that he was ready, we planned to have the baptism at a lake in Berlin, not knowing for what the weather would do in late September. It had been raining in torrents earlier in the week, but today turned out to be a perfect autumn day. My son's special day began with some worship songs that he picked out for the service. 



 Then, he gave a short interview to let us know 
why he wanted to be baptized. 


And then it was into the water with Dad (who is a pastor)!


Just as they got ready, the sun came out and shone right on them.





Trying to light the baptismal candle - not an easy task in the wind!


With his baptismal candle.


Being prayed for by his godparents, religion teacher, 
and children's church teacher.


A bunch of ducks starting quacking during the prayer, so they evidently wanted to join in the prayer as well!


And afterwards there was a celebration!  With a special cake . . . 


and lots of friends! 



6 comments:

  1. What a wonderful and memorable day for your son -- and all of your family! Thank you for sharing these beautiful photos!

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  2. Such a special day for your son and all the family. Two of my daughters were baptised last year. For most who attended it was their first experience of a baptism that wasn't of an infant. I also used the Godly Play baptism story in the preparation, and adapted part of it for the service as well. Your beautiful memories have brought back my own - thank you! Blessings.

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    1. How wonderful! That Godly Play story really helps the children understand what it's all about, doesn't it? Thank you for taking time to share your story with me!

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  3. Thank you all so much for your well wishes!

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  4. So happy to see this beautiful day for your son and your whole family! Many blessings to you all!

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