Some people brought their children to Jesus for Him to place His hands on them. The disciples saw them and scolded them for doing so, but Jesus called the children to Him and said, “Let the children come to me and do not stop them, because the Kingdom of God belongs to such as these. Remember this! Whoever does not receive the Kingdom of God like a child will never enter it.”
Baptism is not a magical incantation which makes God love your child, nor a requirement for your child to enter Heaven, be saved, or even be a good person here and now. According to everything that Christians believe, your child was created by God and is already loved by God, no matter what you decide about their Baptism.
Baptism is a sign of what God's love and grace and a reminder that salvation is a gift offered to all. Is a celebration of what is really true; God knows your child. God loves your child. God has already saved your child through Jesus.
Baptism is also rite for parents who choose it to assume responsibility for the spiritual care and teachings their child encounters in the future. In Baptism, we acknowledge that our responsibility includes the spiritual nurture and development of our children. They will learn about God only if we share our faith with them.
Therefore, Baptism is first and foremost an opportunity for Christian parents to make certain promises which are vital to the spiritual well-being of our children.
Baptism is a partnership of God and parents working together for the sake of the child. There is also another partner – the congregation! A child's (or adult's) Baptism is also experienced and celebrated in community, which means we celebrate baptsim within the local church. The congregation promises to provide a community of support and love, where the family experiences God through each church member.
As parents and as members of the congregation, we may not always keep these promises, but they are nevertheless made with solemn intention because we know that the spiritual health and happiness of our children depends on us! And for their sake, we must be willing to work together, to support each other, and to hold each other accountable for the promises which we have made.
Baptism is the sacrament in which by the cleansing with water in the name of God, Creator, Saviour and Holy Spirit, we are received into the Church of Christ and are engaged to be wholly and always God's.
-Based on The Catechism of The United Church of Canada