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FIRST THOUGHTS
ABOUT BAPTISM




As we bring up our children we have all sorts of hopes, fears and wonderings:

·  What will happen to him/her?

·  How will s/he get on in the world?

·  What sort of person will s/he become?

As parents we want our children to be happy and fulfilled, and we want to do all that we can to give them a good start in life. Arranging for our child to be baptised is part of this.

In talking with many parents, they have shared with me a wide range of reasons why they would like their child to be baptised:

·   “I want the best for my child.”

·   “It has always been done in our family.”

·   “ I want to give thanks to God for my
    child.”

·   “I was baptised as a child and I want the
    same for my children.”

·   “It’s tradition.”

·   “I want my child to know they belong to
    the Church.”

·   “Baptism will set my child on the right
    track.”

·   “Granny will be pleased.”

·   “I want to share my faith with my
    children.”

·  “It gives them a good start in life.”

 
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   “ It makes them a Christian.”

·  “I want my child to grow up with a sense
   of right and wrong.”

·  “I want to get all the family together to    celebrate my child’s birth.”

·  “I pray that God will give my child
   protection and guidance.”

·  “I want us to start as we mean to go on,
   with a sense of God’s presence.”

Perhaps some of these reasons are true for you.

As a parent of two boys, I can identify with these heartfelt reasons. I would also suggest that for many of us, our desire as parents to have our children baptised operates at an additional, deeper level which is often hard to put into words. To share in bringing a new life into the world is one of the most profound experiences we will ever have. We may feel a sense of awe at the gift and miracle of life. In the change of family routines and lifestyle we discover that we have a new set of priorities. It is a time when we may also find ourselves asking deeper questions about our own lives and where we are heading.

Preparing for baptism allows us to become more aware of the wider spiritual reality in which we all live. As we open ourselves to God’s love, we can make more sense of our own existence and find a clearer sense of direction and purpose for ourselves and our children.

Chapters:

† First Thoughts About Baptism
† Initial Home Visit
† Act of Blessing and Thanksgiving
† Belonging to the Church Family
† Baptism Preparation Classes
† Godparents
† The Baptism Service
† Receiving the Baptism Certificate
† Communion Services
† Young Children and Church
† Nurturing Your Child's Faith at    Home
† Other questions

To contact us:
Phone: 01474 703819
Fax: 01474 704972
Email: info@fawkhamandhartley.org.uk
The Rectory
3 St John's Lane
Hartley
Kent DA3 8ET

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