After Baptism: What
Comes Next?

On June 23rd we will be celebrating
baptism and confirmation at St. Paul's.
By Janet Earle, Children's Minister

Posted on June 12, 2013

As Christians, baptism is an important first public step of faith. But after the baptismal water has dried and the candle is blown out, what comes next? For parents this can be quite a challenge. When and how do we bring faith into the lives of our children?

First time parents can be a bit naive but they all know that parenting doesn't end when the baby arrives. They may not know what they are in for, but they do know there is much more to come. It's just the same as we guide our children on their spiritual journeys. Moms and dads don't have to be anxious about teaching everything by baby's first birthday, but they can't just flop down in an easy chair and hope their child ends up on a good path. Parents have an important role in their children’s spiritual lives.

When it comes to encouraging faith in our children the news is all good! There are lots of ways for parents to nourish faith and we are not in this alone. We were recently challenged to read and pray through Ephesians 3:20 - "Now all glory to God, who is able, through His mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think." Notice that it is God who is able (not me) and His power is mighty (I can't get my kids to pick up their socks) and He can (and will) do infinitely (that's a lot) more than we can ask or think.

As parents we can trust in that promise both for our children and for ourselves. What else can we do? We can pray with our children, say grace, read the Bible and watch a Christian video. We can help them to be a part of a lively Christian community. We can tell them about a God who loves them and wants to be a part of their lives forever.

Each of my three children was baptized at St. Paul's and 20 years ago I was able to reaffirm the baptism promises my parents had made for me. Each of us has been blessed to see God at work in our lives with His mighty power and we look forward with anticipation to God’s continuing faithfulness.

On June 23rd, we celebrate new life in our church community. We have parents bringing both infants and young children for baptism. We have a group of young people saying 'yes' to following Jesus through confirmation. We have adults committing themselves to Jesus through baptism and confirmation.  

We will be welcoming new members to our community - people who want to grow in their faith by being a part of the St. Paul's church family. These people are joining us as we discover what it means to follow Jesus at one, at five, at 14, at 27 or whatever age. We extend a warm welcome to those joining us on this amazing journey.