Baptists do not baptise infants. They believe that only those who are old enough to understand what is happening to them should be baptised, and then only after they have made a personal commitment to Jesus Christ as their Lord and Saviour.
A new baby may be brought to church and dedicated. It is a time to thank God for the new life he has given, but does not imply membership of the Church.
Baptism in the Baptist Church always takes place in public. It is regarded as an announcement of a person’s faith, as well as the chance to witness to those who do not share the same beliefs. It is also a way for the Church to publicly welcome the newly baptised individuals into membership of the local church. Before a person is baptised, they will usually attend a series of weekly preparation classes.
Individual Baptist churches have their own autonomy, so what they do will vary from church to church. However, the following will be typical of most Baptist churches: