The story and prayers of parents, grandparents and sponsors can be read to the child. Who was there? What happened that day? What are the prayers for this child? As they get older- the child can tell the story.
It might also be a great time to give another Faith- tending book in honor of the Baptism birthday. Some choices for younger children can be found on this Pinterest board. Families in faith- Books
Our Baptism story is a life long journey. Our church began to honor this important Faith Milestone with a postcard reminder mailed to each person before their special day.
I love hearing the story of one of the first recipients of a Faith Chest at our church. Keihly can hardly wait for her Baptism birthday. It is a time to unpack the loved treasures that help to tell her story- about what God is doing in her life, how the Holy Spirit is part of her daily walk. Another family tells the story of a challenging day for their child. In a moment to reset, the child stated- "If it is OK, I think I need to be reminded of my Baptism right now- I am going to get my Faith Chest- and tell the story."
These are the stories- that tell how to use the TOOLS- the reminders, of God in our daily life living. As the story unfolds- memory-keeping items can be added for First Communion, Confirmation, Graduation, and Wedding. For we have been encouraged:
1 Peter 3:15
15 But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord.
Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone
who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have.
But do this with gentleness and respect,
So- in your story- What is the Holy Spirit doing in your life right now?
It is a partnership of church and family concerning the CHILD In OUR HANDS. We are talking more about Faith Milestones in Faith formation. A faith milestone is a marker along life’s journey that says, “This is something important and God is here, too.” Marking a milestone is a biblically-based spiritual practice in both home and congregation, that help all generations recognize God’s presence in all of life.
We began to explore the possibility of
our church adopting the practice
of giving a faith chest
to all who were baptized in our setting.
All sorts of things are changing
within the framework of
faith life education-
and a pendulum is swinging
to assign a higher priority to Faith Life in the Home.
The CHURCH has been the
primary place for this,
but a new awareness is raising the HOME
as the significant teaching ground.
The goal of the church is to help and assist
the parents to be the primary
faith life educators of their children. For each Baptism- an envelope of encouragement is made for the parents, each godparent ( or couple) and all of the grandparents, (as couples and also for any step -grandparents)
and for the grandparents there is a list of the Blessings of Grandparenting. (to be shared in an upcoming blog post) As a Baptism remembrance, a brief pamphlet is included for filling out and placing in the Faith Chest.
Baptism Keepsake In the life of this newly baptized infant, child, or adult, God is already writing the story of His grace interacting in the life of one of His loved ones. Each Faith Chest is blessed to impact the owner and all the relationships that touch this life to bring Him Glory. Maybe it is time to collect the items for your own Faith Chest?
(formerly the Child in Our Hands program at Youth and Family Institute) Originally, they suggested that a large wooden box be handmade for each child and then items added throughout their lifetime. We were going to need to adapt that suggestion.
I began to do a bit of research and found
that although we give high importance
to the rite of baptism,
we still did not do very well in the follow up
to keep that as a highly significant event in our lives.
So, in my own "archeological dig" for my family I began to seek this information for everyone in my own family.
Some things had been so well "kept safe", it took me almost 6 months to find: baptism dates, confirmation dates, and verses for all five of us. All the more reason to create- THE PLACE- to keep these important items and documents.
The Faith Chest-
as the designated place to keep faith life items,
made it easy to put them in a safe place
and yet be accessible.
So my husband John and I have a Faith Chest, and so do each of our three daughters. (and Now our grandson)
At the time we were looking for them- they were available in stores and looked like an actual treasure chest.
Today, it is a bit trickier to find ones in the Chest style model, and so I often end up using rectangular boxes with flip up lids. What works best is either one with a removable lid or a flip up lid and a size that fits a full size piece of 8 X 11 1/2 piece of paper to lay flat.
Decorative Suitcase Sometimes it is possible to find them and purchase separately and I would suggest the larger one to follow a life-time of Faith-Keeping. They make a great gift to a child from a sponsor, godparent, or grandparent.
Jumbo Scrapbook Storage Boxes Large boxes used for scrapbooking storage are also a fine choice and a bit more economical if used in the parish setting. So, that is the beginning of telling the Faith Chest Story. Remembering our Baptism. The beginning of God's story of redemption in our lives.
divine intervention happens in the life of this little one.
Godparents- or sponsors, stand as witnesses to be
faith encouragers and part of the "Faith Life Team"
to be partners with the parents
in the faith education of this little one.
Part of the main team's job is to PRAY
for this new little Christian.
Parents have the primary responsibility
for faith life education,
and the teaching haven is the home.
From father to son to son- following the footsteps of a follower of Jesus.
Grandparents are also part of the
for faith life education.
One of their great gifts to this child is to be examples of unconditional love- that reflects the heart of our Father.
The most important job any parent has is the transfer of faith to the next generation. That is accomplished by the goodness of God's grace in blessing our efforts in teaching and training.
One of the greatest blessings to this young couple is the gift of two sets of grandparents- living out a faithful witness.
Even a great-grandmother can be an encourager- to keep the Main thing the Main thing- Teaching this child- that Jesus loves him, died for Him, and rose again. Life here on earth is not in vain, because of this relationship. Our Joy is to bring Him Glory.
Four generations of hands-
to impact eternity.
God has called this little one by name-
you are MINE. Undeserved grace covers you. This unearned gift is a Kingdom impact relationship. But Jesus said, "Let the little children come to me and do not hinder them for to such belongs the kingdom of heaven. Matt. 19:14