Sharing Baptism with our children

posted May 30, 2012, 10:50 AM by Amelia Fannin   [ updated May 30, 2012, 10:50 AM by in apropos ]
Last Sunday, one or two people noted that the children had a piece of paper with the responses for baptism on them, and they were reading confidently from them.  This seems particularly appropriate for a baptism.  It used to be the practice of Episcopal churches to view children and young people as full members of the church community, and the Community of Christ, only once they were confirmed.  In my years here in Massachusetts, that has changed completely.  We now recognize that a baptized person is a full member of the Church, and parents may choose to have their children join us in receiving the bread and wine as soon as they are physically able.  The baptismal service closes with this prayer, said by the entire congregation:

We receive you into the household of God.  Confess the faith of Christ Crucified, proclaim his resurrection, and share with us in his eternal priesthood.

In education, we are learning more and more that the best learning takes place not when something is theoretical, or only experienced in a limited way.  We all learn best when we fully participate in, and understand, the words and rituals of the Church, and so I believe that teaching about, and experiencing worship is just as important as the Church School teaching that happens in the classroom.  


Sunday June 3
Church School for all classes
Senior Sunday

Sunday June 10
Church School for all classes
Celebration of Choir and Church School teachers and students
Parish Picnic