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! 


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

  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.

    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!

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

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