A new resource for your baptism families4 Oct 2019 By Sam Setchell
Laura and her son Thomas have tried the Baptism Books resource launching across the diocese this month.
This October, a new project is launching in the Diocese, designed to help churches better connect with families who come to them for baptism and help keep their promise to baptism parents, to ‘welcome baptised children and uphold them in their new lives in Christ’.
Baptism Books takes the form of a monthly resource, which is designed to be fun and interactive for families on their faith journey. Each month, a different secular book is suggested by email to the baptism families, along with a pdf sheet which explores how the book reflects something of God as well as activities for the family to try and a prayer.
The resource was trialled by families earlier in the year and had very positive feedback. Laura from All Saints’ Church in Sedgley took part in the trial with her two-and-a-half-year-old son, Thomas. She said:
“We tried the Baptism Books resource over three months. We would read the suggested book with Thomas during his normal story time after tea and use the sheet with the different activities over the following days. Thomas was a bit young for the prayers, but my husband and I used them to pray for our family.”
“It was really nice to have a different topic each month and enough time to do the activities and talk about the theme together. The resource was very simply written and was easy to pick up and use. Although some of the activities were more suitable for slightly older children, there was still plenty for us to do with Thomas and we were able to adapt some of the other bits. For example, we enjoyed going out and looking at different flowers, or just looking at Thomas’ various trains when we were exploring the theme that everyone is different.”
“It’s great that the books are all ones that this age group really enjoy, like Elmer and Harry and the Bucketful of Dinosaurs. We were able to find them quite easily in the library if we didn’t already have them. It was a good way of being able to talk about God and Jesus with Thomas more actively and as a part of our daily life. I think it will definitely help children to get used to exploring and talking about the Christian faith. It also encourages a love of books!”
If your parish would like to get involved in using the Baptism Books resources, please contact one of our Calling Young Disciples Mission Enablers, Helen Laird: firstname.lastname@example.org.