The last few months we have celebrated many baptisms in our church! What a blessing and joy as we walk with the families of our congregation!
We celebrate this baptismal theme in Confirmation each year, both by exploring the five baptismal promises at our Confirmation Camp Retreat in August and affirming those promises again during one of our Confirmation devotions at the start of our year together.
At a workshop this summer our speaker explained how children, teenagers, and all people seek three things: an identity, a role, and a place to belong. As a faith community, we have the important responsibility to help the children and youth of our congregation discover those answers as the children of God!
In Baptism and Affirmation of Baptism we are named and claimed as the children of God (identity), we promise to “serve all people, following the example of Jesus, and to strive for peace and justice in all the earth” ELW 236 (role), and we are welcomed “into the body of Christ” ELW 231 and promise to “live among God’s faithful people, to hear the word of God and share in the Lord’s supper” ELW 236 (place to belong).
Even amid overwhelming schedules and competing weekend activities, what we have to share is important. It is not flashy new activities, spaces, or programs. It is the grace, purpose, relationships, and community we discover in our baptisms. And that really is worth sharing.
Director of Youth and Family Ministry
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