Baptism is a very special moment in the Christian journey. It is a moment of awe and wonder, and of recognition that we are accepted by God and special in his sight.
Getting Ready for Baptism recognises that baptism can take place at any age and stage of life. Its aim is to deepen understanding of the biblical background to baptism for all involved and to explore what it means to be a child of God. With the emphasis on facilitating rather than a teacher-led approach, the material seeks to encourage all those involved in the sacrament, whether they are the candidate, the parent, godparent, friend, extended family member or member of the church community.
Part 1 focuses on baptism as a ministry. It explores the relationship between the candidate, parents and godparents, examines the place of discipleship for those taking part, considers the implications of baptism for the whole worshipping community, and places the emphasis on baptism being a step to belonging as well as a statement of belief. Part 2 offers three practical sessions: Come to the party!, Enjoy the party! and Party on! A task-based activity book is available separately to help the child make a personal record of his or her baptism journey.
Richard Burge was born in Hull and was baptised when a baby. He has been a Diocesan Children's Adviser for over ten years and a priest in nine churches in York and Wakefield Dioceses since his ordination. He has taken over 300 baptisms and has only had eight babies cry so far! Penny Fuller is Children's Development Officer in the Methodist Church's Children and Youth Team. She has thirty years' practical experience in ministry with children and young people in her local church and is the moderator of The Consultative Group of Ministry among Children, a national ecumenical children's ministry group.
Getting Ready For Baptism Course Book by Jo Williams; Mary Hawes; Penny Fuller; Richard Burge was published by Barnabas in March 2014 and is our 3310th best seller. The ISBN for Getting Ready For Baptism Course Book is 9780857460196.