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What to Write in a Baptism Card

Baptism card with christening hat

Baptism marks an important milestone in a person’s faith journey. When there’s a baptism, dedication or christening for a baby or young child, it signifies their parents’ (and godparents’) intention to raise the child within a faith community and guide and teach them all along their way. When an older child or adult chooses to be baptized, they are proclaiming their momentous decision to begin a new life in Christ.

When someone you know is being baptized, you have an opportunity to add to the happiness of the occasion by sending a baptism card filled with warm words of joy, pride, welcome and congratulations. If you’re not sure what to write in a baptism card, you’ve come to the right place for tips to help you get started.

Maybe you’re new to the tradition of baptism. Or maybe you’re an old pro who has witnessed or even participated in baptisms, christenings or dedications. Either way, keep reading for ideas to help you express what you most want to say at this meaningful moment in a friend’s or family member’s life.

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Warm Wishes  

A warm wish for the baptism day itself, or for the future, is a great way to go with your written message.

Examples

  • “What a happy day! Sending love and best wishes for Ella’s baptism.”
  • “Wishing you joy as Aidan is dedicated. May God always bless and watch over him.”
  • “Warmest wishes on Amelia’s baptism day. Looking forward to watching her grow into the unique and beautiful person only she could be.”
  • “Hoping Mason’s christening will be a day that your family will always remember.”
  • “Congratulations on your sweet little one’s baptism. May today be only the beginning of their journey of faith.”
  • “God bless your baby boy on this special day, and God bless and guide you as parents as you raise him to love and serve the Lord.”

Writing Tip: When it’s a baby or young child being baptized, christened or dedicated, it makes sense to address your message to the parent(s) or family. But it’s not unheard of to direct your words to the little one, so feel free to do what feels right to you.

Prayers  

If you’re a praying person of any faith tradition, then you might use your written message to share a prayer of praise or thanksgiving in honor of the occasion.

Examples

  • “Sharing in your joy and lifting up a special prayer of thanks on Liam’s baptism day.”
  • “Praising God for His goodness as your baby girl is christened. She is such a precious gift.”
  • “Congratulations on Peter’s baptism. Praying he will grow each day in wisdom, in strength and in his relationship with Jesus.”
  • “Our prayer on Tegan’s dedication day is that she would always feel God’s love and peace in her life.”
  • “Praying your hearts will be filled with once-in-a-lifetime joy as you dedicate Henry to the Lord.”
  • “Your family is in my most grateful prayers as you have baby Lydia baptized.”

Helpful tip: If writing “prayers,” “God” or other faith-centered words feels inauthentic for you, there’s no need to fake it. Instead, just focus on sending good wishes and being happy for your recipients.

When You Are There for the Ceremony  

Being there to watch or even participate in the baptism might influence what you want to say when you sign your card.

Examples

  • “Warmest wishes to your family on Belle’s baptism day. I’m so happy I could be here to share this meaningful time with you.”
  • “It means so much to be here with you for Paul’s christening. Best wishes to the whole family.”
  • “Taylor’s dedication is something I wouldn’t have missed for the world. Thanks for letting me be a part of it!”
  • “Blessings to your family on Jaden’s baptism. We’re overjoyed to share the hope and joy of this day with you.”
  • “Your baby’s baptism is such a special time. I’m honored you asked me to be here to share it with you.”
  • “Thanking God for the chance to gather and celebrate Finn’s baptism!”

Helpful tip: There’s a dedicated section below on adult, teen and older kid baptisms, but you could adapt most of the message examples in this article for an older recipient. Instead of writing “baby Sam’s baptism,” simply change it to “your baptism” and address the message directly to that older recipient.

When You Cannot Make It  

Not being present for the baptism might also shape what you want to write, whether that means simply sending warm thoughts across the miles or expressing regret at not being able to make it.

Examples

  • “Sending warm thoughts and joyful wishes for Gabe’s baptism!”
  • “Thinking of you as Grace is dedicated and praying it will be a blessed day for your growing family.”
  • “I’m so sorry to miss Aubrey’s christening, but I’m with you in spirit…and I’m praying for God’s blessing in her life today and always.”
  • “I wish I could be there celebrating Lukas’s baptism with you. Thinking warm thoughts for the whole family…”
  • “Warmest congratulations on Nadia’s christening. Looking forward to seeing lots of pictures of her special day!”
  • “Sending good wishes for Joshua’s christening. Love you and miss you all!”
  • “Just wanted to send a little gift and lots of love for Anna’s baptism. Wish I were there with you.”

Helpful tip: If you’d rather not highlight the fact that you’re not there, then don’t mention it. A simple warm wish will do just fine.

Sharing Scripture  

Got a favorite Bible verse that feels right for the occasion of a baptism? Why not share it when you sign your card?

Examples

  • “But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and for ever. Amen.” — 2 Peter 3:18 (KJV)  Looking forward to watching your little boy grow in his love of Jesus!
  • “’For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.’” —Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV) Can’t wait to see God’s plans for Celia unfold as she grows!
  • The verse I most want to share with you on the occasion of your baptism is this one: “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.” —2 Corinthians 5:17 (KJV)  Congratulations on being made new in Christ!

Helpful tip: You can draw relevant Scripture from the Old or New Testament and from any Bible version you prefer. Include your selected verse in the body of your written message or write it separately, off to the side.

Adult or Older Child Baptism  

For older kids and adults being baptized, address your message directly to them. If you’re a fellow believer, you could include a message of welcome for this new brother or sister in Christ.

Examples

  • “Warmest wishes on your baptism…and welcome to our community of faith.”
  • “You’re getting baptized—and I’m feeling overjoyed for you!”
  • “Rejoicing with you as you celebrate your baptism. This is such great news!”
  • “May you always remember this day, and may God’s joy, love and peace fill you through all your tomorrows.”
  • “Thinking of you on the occasion of your baptism and praying for God’s blessings as you begin your new life in Christ.”
  • “Being baptized means saying yes to saving grace, to love, to Jesus…and I say amen to that! Congratulations.”
  • “Congratulations on your baptism. It takes real courage to profess your faith in front of a whole church full of people. Proud of you!”

Helpful tip: For those old enough to choose baptism for themselves, there’s definitely an element of bravery in going public with their faith. If you share a closer relationship with your recipient, you may want to recognize their courage in what you write.

Warm Closings  

A warm closing before your signature adds a nice finishing touch. Choose one of ours, or come up with one of your own.

Examples

  • Warmly,
  • Best wishes,
  • Warmest wishes,
  • Love,
  • With love,
  • Lots of love,
  • Love always,
  • Much love to you,
  • All my/our love,
  • Love you,
  • Love and prayers,
  • All the best,
  • Blessings,
  • God bless,
  • Overjoyed,
  • Wishing you every blessing,