From the earliest times, children and infants were baptized and included in the church. As scriptural authority for this ancient tradition, some scholars cite Jesus’ words, “Let the little children come to me…for it is to such as these that the kingdom of God belongs” (Mark 10:14).
Baptism is a means of grace which signifies God’s initiative in the process of salvation. Parents who bring their child for baptism promise to nurture them in the faith and live a Christian life. The Baptism Milestone is designed to help parents fulfill the baptismal covenant.
In The United Methodist Church, baptism is a communal celebration and must be performed during a Sunday morning worship service as the congregation vows to nurture and support those being baptized. While frequently performed on young children, baptism can occur at any age.
Also, the UMC recognizes the baptism of most other Christian churches. There is no need to be re-baptized as we frequently reaffirm our baptismal vows through events such as confirmation, entry into membership, marriages, funerals, Easter, and Pentecost.
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In this Family Experience parents will discover a time of peace with their newborn. The first year with a baby is all about routine, and this Family Experience will equip Parents to build peaceful moments into that routine.
This Family Experience helps parents throw the best 1st year birthday party for their child where they’ll share with friends and family a written “Birthday Blessing”. This “Birthday Blessing” will be a treasure that helps the Parents outline their prayers and dreams for their child.
Now that their child is speaking, Parents can take the time to teach them what it means to speak with God. We want to help parents process what type of person they want their child to be, then build a simple prayer around one of those traits that the parent and child can begin praying together.
Moving from the crib to a big kid bed is a big step. This Family Experience guides parents through a big kid bed ceremony where parents write a verse/prayer on the big kid bed and friends/family gather to read scripture/pray over the bed.
This Family Experience will help parents set their child up to enter kindergarten with independence. It will give parents some steps to ensure their child is as prepared as possible.