One of the most sensitive subjects I’ve encountered in my three years as a lead pastor is when to baptize children. Sometimes it’s because a person was baptized as a baby or young child and wonder why we would want something different. Other times it’s because a parent really wants their child to be baptized for various reasons, both good and bad.
All of it has helped to form our current stance on baptism for kids.
This past Sunday we dug deep into the topic of baptism. We hit on why do we do it the way we do, what does the New Testament really say about it, and what is the spiritual power behind it (Check out the MP3 here). But one thing we didn’t talk much about was the issue of kids and baptism. At this point, we no longer baptize children during our adult worship service. But hold off on sending me a hateful email or thinking this is crazy. Because we do something that I think is way better.
When a child expresses interest in following Jesus, we want to make sure they fully understand what that means. But we need YOU – the parent – to help us! When it comes to your family’s spiritual journey, what happens at home is far more important than what happens at church. You will get roughly 3,000 hours in a given year to make an impact in your child’s life. OneLife Kidz gets roughly 40! You are your child’s greatest influence. As a parent, that can sound a little intimidating, but that is why OneLife Kidz is here to partner with you.
So when a child is thinking about baptism or following Jesus, we want them AND their parents to come to “We Believe.” We Believe is a unique presentation where parents and kids learn what it means to have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. This one-time class is developed to give parents a tool to help them start talking to their kids about faith.
After you attend We Believe, if you feel like your child is ready, you will meet with Cris, our OneLife Kidz Director and talk through their spiritual journey and answer any questions you may have. This is a great opportunity for us to talk with you and your child before we move to the final steps in preparing for baptism. Then if your child follows through with baptism, we have a special baptism service just for kids! It is a huge birthday party atmosphere where they can invite family and friends to celebrate their spiritual birth together.
“We Believe” happens THIS SUNDAY at both locations following the service! If your child has been asking spiritual questions and you feel like they are at a point of understanding what following Jesus is all about, contact email@example.com today to RSVP! Lunch will be provided.
We are crazy about your kids at OneLife and want to partner with you to lead them to discover God and how their one life can make a difference. This might be the perfect NEXT step for you and your family!