Your infant or child may be baptized at
your Minnesota home
have performed dozens of personalized home baptisms in the
Minneapolis, MN area, and whether you are religious or not, it's
wonderful to have a loving ceremony where your child can be welcomed
into the folds of your family unit. Also, you, as parents, can be
reminded of the love and community around your family. Often a late
morning or early afternoon on a Saturday at your home works best. In a
celebration of love and sharing, you may welcome your child into the
family of God and celebrate your familial connection with a ritual
that brings your family together with:
importance of Godparents - Your child will never be alone. God
will always be with them, you will always be with them, and your
child's godparents will always be with them. Through thick and
thin, as relationships come and go in your child's life, your
child will always know they have these special people to rely on.
- Grandparents - Grandparents are a close part of a child's life,
and to have a ritual that emphasizes the importance of this bond
is very important, and that recognition can be so special.
- Close family - This event can be special time for a mini family
reunion, and a chance to bring loved ones together in a meaningful
- Baptismal certificate with envelope is included
- Accepted by any church (including Catholic, Lutheran, and
- You can formally recognize the meaning of your child's name.
- Perhaps there is a family member that their first name or
middle name is named after, and this relationship can be
- Perhaps there is a meaning behind your child's first or middle
name (Old English, Norwegian, from the bible, the name "Chloe"
means "New Beginning" etc.).
- You may have several baptisms at once: You may baptize your
infant or your young children (sometimes several at once), and if
you have never been christened, you also maybe be baptized at the
- This ritual may reflect your faith and your wishes - you do not
have to join a church, and if you are ever joining a church later
on, you may then join as a person who is already baptized.
decision to baptize your child is entirely up to you, the parents.
Anyone at any age can be baptized, and it is not necessary for the
christening to place in a church, but may take place in a place
surrounded by God and family. A private baptism in Minnesota may be
performed in your home or in a park, but the site you select should be
special, so when your child looks back on it, they will be proud of
where it was held and how it was held.
How the baptism usually goes: We gather around, make introductions,
take a few family photos, and then we get started.
may gather in a circle, with the parents and the baby/child/children
standing beside the baptismal font, then we begin with:
- Introduction and Prayer
- Blessing of the Water
- Thanking of Parents
- Gospel of Jesus and the Children
- Prayer for Deliverance, then the Baptism(s)
- Instruction to Parents and Godparents (basically, a loving
message to support the child throughout their life)
- Prayer and Blessing
Your baptism may be anywhere in the Minneapolis, MN area, and the
timing is usually 10-15 minutes - long enough that it doesn't just
flash by, but not so long as anyone gets bored. If there is a song or
reading by a friend (not common), it would be longer, but usually
10-15 minutes is about right. Then there's congratulations, some hugs
and often the family starts eating, celebrating, talking to each
other. A private home baptism is not only a time for ritual, but an
occasion for family to come together (much like weddings and funerals
may be the only time some family members get to see each other).
I hope the above gives you an idea of how your child's baptism might
go. You'll receive a complete scripting of the event beforehand, just
to make sure all the names are correct and to make sure everything
meets your approval. Most couples choose to have their children's
baptisms in their homes, usually on a Saturday afternoon, with the
godparents and oth
relatives attending. I will travel to anywhere in the Minneapolis and
St Paul, Minnesota metro area, and I will bring the baptismal set, so
there isn't anything you have
to set up. If you want, you may wish to set up a table, and perhaps
have a candle lit in memory of loved ones who have passed away, but
these choices are not mandatory. The child (or children) is usually
dressed in a christening dress or a nice outfit. There is a fee of