This new book asks key questions about how the church views Baptism, and how churches can prepare parents and deepen faith.
All of this helps us see Baptism as an important beginning, both for Jesus, and for us.
Baptism marks a special beginning in the life of a Christian. Here are resources to use with candidates, families, godparents, and children.
The process of handing on our faith is all about experience. It is an experience of building a relationship with Jesus, lived out in community. Being formed in faith into the life of a community is not about sitting at a desk and readying a text, but growing in faith with one another in the name of Jesus.
It didn’t take long for Jacob to discover the water in the font. I merely whispered to him, “This is the baptismal font,” and allowed him to touch the water. It was no surprise that he would want to submerge his hand into the water, but I was not prepared for what would come next.
Baptism has its roots in ancient practices that preceded Christianity. Jewish rituals of purification were centered on the cleansing of the body with water. Many Jewish customs found their way into the initiation rites of the Early Church.