We are really, really excited about Sunday, July 5th Baptism and BBQ at The District Church! We will be enjoying BBQ, seriously, who doesn't like BBQ? Additionally, there will be folks who will publicly express their faith in Jesus through baptism! It will be a great day of fellowship and worship of Jesus, but also a day of opportunity.
Our gathering will include children joining together with their family for worship. As families gather together to worship Jesus, children will experience things not typical to their normal Sunday. Children will experience things like communion, preaching, and baptism. This will birth questions for the child, therefore, the gathering will naturally provide discipleship opportunities for parents and it’s extremely important to steward that well.
"A good man leaves an inheritance to his children’s children, but the sinner’s wealth is laid up for the righteous." - Proverbs 13:22
Here are some practical ways to help prepare your children:
- Talk about July 5th with your kids now. Spend time during dinner and share about going to the worship gathering as a family. I think building some anticipation prior to July 5 will be healthy. We do the exact same thing when we take a trip to Disney, so why not when worshipping Jesus?
- Build upon anticipation through explanation. Spend time with your children to talk through things like communion, baptism, and preaching. These will provide great opportunities to talk through the Gospel and the role of obedience in the life of a disciple. For instance, help your child understand...
- Baptism tells the story of being saved by Jesus from sin through faith in His death and resurrection.
- Baptism does not save a person. Baptism is a picture of what God has done in the heart of a person; faith alone in Jesus saves a person.
- Communion is a reminder to the church and individuals of Jesus' sacrifice for sins. The bread and juice used for communion are symbolic.
- Read with them. Selected Reading from the Jesus Storybook Bible: "Heaven Breaks Through" (pages 200-207), "The Servant King" (pages 287-292).