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Sunday, April 10, 2016

Baptism

This is a photo of from my training. It is an example of what the baptism area can look like. I forgot to take a photo today!
The children seem to have spring fever! With the crazy snow and cold weather we've been having I can't blame them. Despite their extra enthusiasm this morning they really did a lot of work with the materials they've been learning about all year. At the end of the morning we gathered in the baptism area to begin talking about baptism. There are several lessons to help the children understand more about their baptism. 

Today's lesson began by reviewing some things we've been learning all year. We remembered our lesson from Advent when the prophet Isaiah said, "The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light." The children know that the light is Jesus. We remembered hat he was born and his light came into the world (at that point I lit the Paschal candle). We know he walked all over the land of Israel and talked to his friends and all the people about God. We remembered that Jesus said, "I am the light of the world." We then recalled that Jesus was arrested, put on a cross and died. At this point, I snuffed out the candle.

We knew, however, that Jesus' light didn't stay out for long. The children could tell me that on Easter Sunday Jesus' body was no longer in the tomb but that he was alive again! I relit the candle. We then discussed the fact that Jesus shares his light with us. When we were baptized we received the light of Christ (I lit a little light from the Pascal candle). We carry that light with us always and share it with everyone we meet. We ended by singing 'This Little Light of Mine.'

I love this lesson for many reasons. One of the reasons is because it takes so many of the lessons that we have been learning all year and pulls them together to help the children understand the great mysteries of our faith in a beautiful way.

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What you can do: Get out photos from your child's baptism and look at them together. If you have their baptismal clothes or the candle they received, get those out, too and talk about the special day. Every year on your child's baptism anniversary have a celebration. Some people light their candle each year. This will help them remember just how special that day was.