Baptisms

When you present your child for Baptism, you also make very important promises. You promise to:

  • Help your child grow in faith by the devotional and prayer life in your home,
  • Help your child grow in faith within the community of faith, the Church,
  • Take every opportunity to show your child God's steadfast love and mercy given in Baptism, and
  • Make weekly worship a habit in your family's faith journey.

As the pastor pours water on your child and speaks the Word of God, it is God who addresses your child with these promises and who will faithfully accomplish them in your child. In this gift from God, your child will be born again and begin a whole new life, a life led by Christ instead of a life driven by sin. The baptismal water is the physical sign of this covenant between God and your child.

In presenting your child for Baptism, you are doing a wonderful thing! You are permitting your child to receive a precious gift, God's gift of eternal love. Through Baptism, for the rest of life, your child can be sure of God's faithful and unconditional love.
 

6 Ways to Practice Your Promises

  • Prayer is the way that we can talk with God. It is also a Way for us to share joys and sorrow with each other.

  • Devotional times with your child are not only a time to share your faith together, but they are also a good way to grow in faith. Reading Bible stories and having daily devotions will help both your child and your relationship.
     
  • Worship participation with your child is one of the promises you make at Baptism.
     
  • Christian Education is essential for your child as you "provide for instruction in the Christian faith."
     
  • Service toward others is one way we grow into our Baptism and live out our faith. When your child is older, consider some concrete ways you and your child can help others.
     
  • Celebrating Baptismal Anniversaries will be a great help for your child to realize and appreciate their Baptism.

 

God's Promises

In Baptism, God promises to:

  • Make your child a child of God, for your child will be baptized in God's name (Matthew 28:19),
  • wash your child clean of sin (Acts 22:16),
  • give your child the Holy Spirit, which will enable your child to call upon Jesus as Lord (Titus 3:5),
  • make your child a member of the body of Christ, the Church (romans 6:5) and
  • grant your child eternal life (Mark 16:16).

As the pastor pours water on your child and speaks the Word of God, it is God who addresses your child with these promises and who will faithfully accomplish them in your child will be born again and begin a whole new life, a life led by Christ instead of a life driven by sin. The baptismal water is the physical sign of this covenant between God and your child.

In presenting your child for Baptism, you are doing a wonderful thing! You are permitting your child to receive a precious gift, God's gift of eternal love. Through Baptism, for the rest of life, your child can be sure of God's faithful and unconditional love.

If you would like to have your baby baptized at Gloria Dei, please print this form, complete it, and return it to the church office. You will need to attend a Baptismal Consultation. They are scheduled on the 3rd Tuesday of the month. Call the church office (630-968-6231) when you plan on attending a consultation.

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