In order for Scriptural baptism to occur, the child being baptized must be in a position to understand what is going on. This is often referred to as having reached an “age of accountability.” He or she must be able to carry the weight of making a personal decision to accept Jesus, and have the spiritual and mental faculty to follow through on that commitment. We find Scriptural precedent in Acts 8:36-37: “Now as they went down the road, they came to some water. And the eunuch said, ‘See, here is water. What hinders me from being baptized?’ Then Philip said, ‘If you believe with all your heart, you may.’” While the age at which genuine belief is possible will vary from child to child, we will rely heavily on the parents’ judgment to determine whether baptism is appropriate. We encourage parents to attend baptisms frequently with their children and to discuss the topic at home. The timing of baptism will depend on a few factors such as the child’s age, own initiative and parents’ consent. Children getting baptized are also required to be able to hold their breath under water. Example: child may accept Jesus at the age of 5, but won’t be ready for baptism until the age of 8.