IThe baptismal ceremony in a church is an important and significant occasion marking the beginning of a new faith in Jesus Christ. Baptism is an outward symbol of a person's inner spiritual transformation marking the beginning of a lifetime relationship with God as a Christian. The baptismal ceremony signifies the love of Jesus for us when he died on the cross in eternal repentance for the forgiveness of human sin. The baptismal ceremony marks the beginning of an eternal relationship with God and His Son Jesus Christ. Every Christian is baptized outwardly in public as a confirmation of the inward acceptance of Jesus Christ and His eternal plan of salvation for those desiring to become Christian and follow Him. When a person is baptized, water is used because it signifies the cleansing process and that each new Christian is cleansed of sin. A new Christian may be baptized with water either by sprinkling or full immersion. Each Christian denomination establishes the precedents for the baptismal ceremony conducted by the clergy and witnesses in an organized church service. Most Christian denominations consider holy baptism to be a sacrament of the church. It marks the initiation of a new Christian believer into the body and fellowship of Christ's church. Church in this sense is not a building but a spiritual foundation upon which to build relationships with God the Father, God the Son, God the Holy Spirit and other human believers within the body of Christ. In the beginning of church history, baptism began with the initiation rites of Jewish proselytes. Various baptismal ceremonies developed in the early church. All encompassed bodily contact with baptismal waters through immersion. The baptismal candidate would stand in water while more water poured over the person's head and upper body. Preparation for baptism in the early church could take up to three years and culminate with the participation in the sacrament of the Eucharist for the first time in a new believer's spiritual Christian walk. A baptismal certificate is a remembrance and keepsake of this significant and symbolic occasion. A typical certificate lists the full name of the baptismal candidate, father's name, mother's name, date of birth, city and state of birth, baptism date, city and state of baptism, church/ceremony site, name and title of officiate, and the names of the sponsor(s) or witnesses.