As this is our topic for this week I thought perhaps I would post my thoughts here.
Prior to this class it would be great to send out a note
asking parents to share their child some photos of their baptism
and if they are willing let the child bring a few to class.
We are baptized in water
and sealed by the holy spirit
Our parents and God parents agree to raise us as believers and teach us about God, Jesus and the Church
When we are older we are confirmed, that is we confirm that we believe and will continue to live, following Jesus. Obeying God…etc..
of course this is all over simplified..but I do teach first graders…
Here is a coloring page :
It is for this lesson that children really like sharing about themselves and their families….maybe they’ve witnessed a younger sibling or child being baptized
maybe they saw pictures of their own baptism
remind them of the holy water in church
and that when we are blessed with or blessing ourselves with the holy water
we are essentially renewing our baptismal vows
tell them about the sprinkling rite that happens during the Easter Season
love this song too!
Just keep reminding them that baptism is
the first sacrament
their first step at a lasting loving relationship with God
and that their
growth in God does not stop with the sacrament
but strengthens and continues for always