For the next few weeks, we will be experimenting with our Sunday School organization. Godly Play will encompass 1st-5th grade. Godly Play is designed to be used for all age levels and we have wanted to expand the experience. This desire, combined with the struggle to recruit teachers for this oldest group, persuaded us to try something new. In the lead up to Lent, we will see how having the groups together works and then evaluate how to proceed from there. We’d love to hear feedback from parents and children as the process unfolds.
We baptize people in the name of the Father…the Son…and the Holy Spirit. Sometimes we call the Father the Creator. We call the Son the Redeemer. We call the Holy Spirit the Sustainer. People are baptized at all ages, from babies through the very old. We ask the person about to be baptized questions, or the parents or godparents if they are babies. We say prayers for them.
We name the person also. We say the person’s name, and then we say
“I baptize you in the name of the Father…and the son…and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.”
Then we say,
“You are sealed by the Holy Spirit in baptism and marked as Christ’s own forever. Amen.”
(you can read the entire rite of baptism here)
It was such a joy welcome two new members into the body of Christ today, especially on the feast day of Jesus’ baptism! 👶🏻👶🏻 “Father in heaven, who at the baptism of Jesus in the River Jordan proclaimed him your beloved Son and anointed him with the Holy Spirit: Grant that all who are baptized into his Name may keep the covenant they have made, and boldly confess him as Lord and Savior; who with you and the Holy Spirit lives and reigns, one God, in glory everlasting. Amen.” #episcopal #episcopalchurch #episcopalian #warrentonva #baptism #epiphany #church #dioceseofvirginia
Table Talk Questions
- I wonder what it means to be baptized?
- I wonder how we are baptized?
- I wonder why the Father is called the Creator?
- I wonder why Jesus is called the Redeemer?
- I wonder why the Holy Spirit is called the Sustainer?
- I wonder if we have to be baptized for God to love us?
It pays to see the world from a child’s eyes sometimes – we are so jaded and overwhelmed that we forget the joy of being in awe of God’s work! (Children watch a baptism on the first Sunday after Epiphany, 2017) #episcopal #episcopalian #episcopalchurch #dioceseofvirginia #church #epiphany #baptism #warrentonva @thedioceseva @theepiscopalchurch