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PREPARATION FOR BAPTISM
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WELCOME: Were glad you are thinking of Baptism for your child or yourself. This pamphlet is designed to answer some questions about preparation for Baptism at Foothills United Church.
BAPTISM: HISTORY AND MEANING. The Sacrament of Baptism traces its origins to Jewish rites of purification, to Jesus decision to be baptized by John the Baptist and to the risen Christs instruction, recorded in Matthew 28:18-20, to tell others the Good News of Gods love and to baptize them. Since the first century Baptism has been the rite of initiation, the way of joining the Christian church. During the service, the people of Foothills promise to help the people being baptized grow in faith. Therefore, we expect that parents asking for infant baptism will bring their children to the church for Sunday School and other activities as they grow older, and we commit as a congregation to providing opportunities for learning and growth for both children and adults.
WHO MAY BE BAPTIZED? Infants, children, youth and adults who have never been baptized are all welcome to seek Baptism.
WHY PREPARE FOR BAPTISM? Christian Baptism involves a commitment to follow Christs example and teachings, as well as membership in a particular church family. Years ago the preparation involved a three year journey of instruction, prayer, Bible reading, fasting and refraining from bathing. You may be glad to hear that our present preparation is much briefer and people may take all the baths they wish! Our three-fold preparation is designed to help you learn about the congregation and to help us to welcome and get to know you. As well we will share further information about the history, symbols and meaning of baptism and familiarize people with what will happen during the ceremony.
BAPTISM FOR INFANTS AND YOUNG CHILDREN. Parents seeking Baptism for young children are asked to take the Baptismal vows on their childs behalf. It is our hope that eventually the child will make the vow to follow Christ for him/herself at the time of Confirmation (usually during grade 9).
BAPTISM OF OLDER CHILDREN. Steps 1-4 (as indicated on page 2 of the pamphlet): The child is encouraged to read a storybook about Baptism, to meet with the minister and ask any questions he/she has and is welcome to attend the Baptism Preparation Gathering, if she/he wishes, with the parents.
BAPTISM OF YOUTH AND ADULTS. To prepare for Baptism, people are invited to attend a Confirmation Class of approximately six sessions, with reading, videos and exercises to do between meetings. The purpose of these classes is to help foster faith growth by discussing questions and introducing key tools for faith development, such as Bible encounter, audio visual resources and prayer. We consider the United Church of Canada what it is, where it came from, what it does and what it means to be a church member.
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The exact outline and emphasis is tailored to the interests of the participants.
SUMMARY: We look forward to helping you prepare for Baptism and to welcoming you into our church family. Please call the church office (288-5632) to arrange the next step.
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