When a child or adult is baptized, it is an important part of their Christian life.
Often, family and friends will celebrate by taking time to attend the baptism or by giving gifts. When this happens, it is appropriate to write a thank you note.
Lets go over the basics of how to write a good thank you note after a baptism.
Who to Send It To
At many churches, the congregation will witness the baptism of members or children of members.
You do not need to write a thank you note to each member if the baptism took place during a normally scheduled service. You should, however, always write a baptism thank you note for the following reasons:
Someone attended the church during a time that they normally would not in order to see the baptism. This includes members of other churches who come for the baptism and members of the same church who came to a special baptism service in order to support you.
You should acknowledge all gifts and cards sent in honor of the baptism.
When to Send
You should try to send the notes within one month of the baptism, but sooner is better.
It is best to mail the thank you notes rather than hand them out in person or send them via email. If a child was baptized, he or she should write their own thank you notes if they are old enough to do so.
Baptism Thank You Note Examples
From a Child for His/Her Baptism
Thank you for coming to my baptism. I am glad you were there. I know I have a lot to learn about God, but I am happy that I'm baptized and that my family and friends like you were there to see it.
From a Parent for a Child's Baptism
Thank you so much for taking the time to attend (name's) baptism. It meant a lot to have you there. As we seek to raise our children in the Christian faith, we know that we need the help from family and friends.
We are thankful for the example that you will be to our child, and are so happy that you were there during this very important time as s/he became part of God's kingdom.
Thanks so much,
For an Adult Baptism 1
Just a short note to thank you for taking the time to be there when I got baptized. This was a big step, as it is for any Christian. Knowing that so many of my family and friends were there made the moment even more special and memorable.
Thanks again for sharing in this special time in my life.
For an Adult Baptism 2
Thank you so much for the lovely frame that you sent to mark my baptism. I actually have a great picture of the baptism that I plan to display in the frame. It was so thoughtful to send a gift as I make this step in my walk with God, and it meant a lot to me just to know that you were thinking of me.
All the best,
For Out of Town Guests
I was so happy that you were able to attend my/my child's baptism last weekend. I know it was quite a sacrifice as you had to travel from such a long distance, but I can honestly say that it wouldn't have been the same without you there.
It means a lot to all of us that you took time out of your schedule to make the trip, and it is a memory that I will cherish for years to come.
As you can see, the notes need not be very long.
Just make sure that they are personal enough so as not to appear like a form letter. If a gift was given, mention the gift. Writing a personal thank you note by hand is always the best choice for any type of thank you note.