Explaining Baptism to a Child

Baptism can be confusing to kids. They hear adults talk about it and see it happen at church, but rarely does anyone take the time to stop and explain baptism to a child in a way that they can understand. Until now! Below, you will find five questions that kids might ask you about baptism and a simple answer to each question. Enjoy!

How does baptism work? When you get baptized, you begin in water. An adult helps lower you into the water then raises you back up. When you go into the water, this represents the death and burial of your old sinful life and is a reminder that Jesus died and was buried to forgive sins. When you come out of the water, this represents your new life and reminds us that Jesus was raised from the dead, also!

What is the point of baptism? Baptism is simply a public declaration or announcement, telling everyone who can see or hear you a simple message: that you believe in Jesus and have committed to living your life in a way that pleases God.

For nearly all of history, people spent a lot of time near water. They fished in the lakes, gathered water from the ponds, and did their laundry in the rivers. Christians would be baptized in a public place such as a lake, pond, or river to let everyone in town know that they lived for Jesus.

When I get baptized, what does it mean? When you get baptized, it is a public declaration, telling everyone who can see or hear you a simple message: that you believe in Jesus and have committed to living your life in a way that pleases God.

Do you have to be baptized to be a Christian? Baptism is not necessary to be a Christian; instead it is a way to tell others that you are a Christian. By doing so, you are being obedient to Christ’s command to tell others about your faith.

How old must I be to get baptized? There is no specific age that someone has to be to get baptized. Instead, when you have decided that you believe in Jesus and have committed to living your life in a way that pleases God, we want to give you the opportunity to tell everyone that can see you hear!

Join us for the annual Baptism at the Deschutes, July 7th. We will gather as a church at 5:00pm for a potluck and our 7th Annual Baptism at the Deschutes River! Throw your lawn chairs and blankets in the back of your car and we’ll have a great evening of food and games at Farewell Bend Park, followed by baptisms down at the Bill Healey Bridge. If your child would like to be baptized, simply fill out the form below and we will be in contact with you shortly!

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Antioch Kids: Elementary

From the very beginning, God has shown patience with people. All the way back in the garden, when Adam and Eve first chose their own way instead of God’s, God started His plan to give all of us a chance to come back to Him. And time and again, God is patient with us when we make daily choices that separate us from Him. He waits for us to turn back to Him.

As a fruit of the Spirit, patience is a foundational way that we reflect God’s character. When we show patience, we are less likely to hurt our relationships with others. We are more likely to trust that God has something better for us in the future.

Patience is waiting until later for what you want now. Waiting isn’t always easy. When having patience seems too difficult, the Lord will give us strength to wait. At its core, patience is fueled by faith. We trust that what we’re waiting for is best for us.

But patience is more than just waiting. It’s also about our attitude while we wait. A patient person can wait with joy even when the situation might be stressful or anxious. A patient person avoids searching or settling for a quick fix.

The monthly memory verse is: “Wait for the Lord. Be strong and don’t lose hope. Wait for the Lord.” Psalm 27:14, NIrV Sometimes it feels too hard to be strong while we wait, but our trust in God gives us the strength to wait well.

In Week One’s Bible story, Esau comes in from hunting and is very hungry (Genesis 25:24-34). Because he can’t wait, Esau ends up trading his entire inheritance for a full stomach. Our Bottom Line is: When you think you can’t wait, think twice. Don’t give up what’s best for something immediate.

In Week Two’s Bible story, the Israelites grew impatient waiting for Moses to finish meeting with God (Exodus 32:1-35and asked Aaron to build an idol for them. Our Bottom Line is: When you think you can’t wait, don’t forget what’s true. God had put Moses in charge of the Israelites and led them out of slavery. But in a moment of impatience, they forgot everything they’d experienced.

In Week Three’s Bible story, Hannah wants to become a mother but is waiting for a baby (1 Samuel 1:9–2:1). Even through the sadness of her prayers, God gives her the strength to wait until the time is right. Our Bottom Line is: When you think you can’t wait, tell God about it. God wants us to talk to Him when we’re facing a difficult time.

In Week Four’s biblical principle, we learn the wisdom of being patient (Proverbs 14:29). Our Bottom Line is: When you think you can’t wait, don’t lose your cool. We can work hard to keep control of our words, actions, and attitudes while we wait. That way we can avoid doing something we might regret.

For God, it seems as though patience is all about relationships with people. Even after we sinned, He still pursued us. He waited time after time for people to repent and work to make things right. Something He still does today.

Below, you will find resources to help you teach your child about the importance of patience all month long. Simply click on the link below to view the PDF or pick up a printed copy on Sunday morning at the Antioch Kids resource table. Enjoy!

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Week 4

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By Jessica McKee ©2013 The reThink Group. All rights reserved. http://www.ThinkOrange.com *Used by permission.

Antioch Kids: Preschool!

All month long, your preschooler will be learning that he or she has helping hands! In fact, we all have helping hands. God made our hands to help others!

Preschoolers spend a lot of time surrounded by people who help them—their parents, their older siblings, their teachers. And, they love to learn all about community helpers like policemen, firemen and construction workers. They are  learning that they can help too.

This month, we are sharing four stories from the Bible where someone used their hands to help others. Preschoolers will learn how everyone helped each other in the early church. They will hear about the rich woman who helped Elisha whenever he came to town. In the story of Nehemiah, they will see how we can help others by doing and by leading them as well. And finally, they will hear how Aaron physically helps Moses hold up his arms. All these Bible characters used their hands to help someone in need.

The Basic Truth we will be teaching all month long is: God made me.

The Key Question we will be asking is: Who can help others?

The Bottom Line we will be repeating is: I can help others.

The Memory Verse your child will be learning is: “Be kind and loving to each other.” Ephesians 4:32, NCV

Below, you will find a link for fun ideas to continue teaching your kids all week long! Simply click on the link and a PDF will download! Enjoy!

May 5th- 11th: Week 1

May 12th-18th: Week 2

May 19th-15th: Week 3

May 26th-31st: Week 4

You can also find these resources on the Antioch Kids resource table as you enter the kids hall on Sunday mornings! Enjoy!