Table Talk: Week of November 6, 2016

Whether or not your children were able to make it to Sunday school, you can still engage them in this week’s story.  Please read the summary, look up the story online, in your bible, or a children’s bible, and begin the discussion.  Increasing your child’s biblical knowledge will be foundational in their faith development.  What a gift to provide a child.  Adults also reap the benefit of digging in deeper to these stories. 

Yesterday, we welcomed two new members into the church through Baptism. In Sunday School, your children talked about baptism and its role in marking us a members of the church. Baptism symbolizes our entrance into God’s family, the Communion of Saints, just as their names, given by their parents, symbolize their entrance into your families.

Fr Ben talking to the children before a baptism on Sunday
Fr Ben talking to the children before a baptism on Sunday

When the priest baptizes you, they mark you as one of God’s children.  Just as your last name shows you are a member of your family, being baptized shows that you are a member of the church. God will accept you whether you are baptized or not, just as your family will no matter your last name, but baptism symbolizes your entry into the church family.

People are baptized when they are babies, or children, or teenagers, or grownups, or when they are very old. We ask the person about to be baptized questions, or if it’s a baby too little to answer, we ask the parents or godparents. We say prayers for them and then we are ready for the baptism.

We are baptized in the name of the Father…and of the Son…and of the Holy Spirit. Then we are sealed by the Holy Spirit in baptism and marked as Christ’s own forever.

Table Talk Questions

  1. What makes you feel a part of your family?
  2. How do others know who your family is?
  3. How do others know we are a part of the church?
  4. Do we have to be baptized for God to love us?
  5. When we are baptized, what commitment is being made for us?