In the Amish community, baptism is an entrance into the Church family. Baptism usually takes place at around the age of 18. After you turn 16, you enter what is called Rumspringe - Running Around Years. This is a time for Amish youth to get a glimpse at the world around them without getting shunned from the church. A shunning is what takes place if you leave the Amish Church for the world or commit a major sin against your community, family, or church and refuse to repent. Once shunned, you are unable to visit your family or anyone within the community. The community is also forbidden to communicate with you. You are shunned until you confess your errors before the Brethren(Church leaders) and repent before the congregation. If you leave the community before your baptism, the Shunning does not apply. You will be frowned upon and very possibly shunned privately by your own family, but not by the Church.
Well there you go! Tune in next time for part 3 - Amish Lifestyle! Feel free to comment if you have any questions! :-)