We would like to explain the process we use to assist children and preteens in becoming a Christian, joining the church and getting baptized. Our desire is to equip children and preteens discover, serve and grow in Jesus.
For children and preteens who have already made a decision to become a Christian and want to be baptized, we offer a New Believers class that focuses on some specific fundamentals of the Christian lifestyle. Our desire is that your child will leave excited and secure in their decision to follow Jesus as their Lord and Savior.
Throughout the year, we will provide a one session class for parent to help equip you in leading your child to Christ and teaching them to grow in Him. Information on these classes is available here as well as Online Registration (Leading A Child to Christ).
Though we do not have a firm policy on a minimum age for baptism, from our experience we recommend, if they have made that decision, 8 years old for most children. They typically have a clearer understanding of their salvation decision by this age. We do not prescribe to a specific “age of accountability” but just use this as a guideline to assist our families.
Thank you for allowing us to be a part of your child’s spiritual development. I look forward to meeting with each child and celebrating what God is doing in his/her life. Please contact me when you see that your child is ready to make their first step in following Jesus.
1. Questions? Ask Mrs. Laura
Do you have questions about becoming a Christian: What do I do, Am I ready, or What is baptism all about? Set up a time for you and/or your parent(s) to meet with Mrs. Laura. She would love to help answer the questions for children AND parents.
2. Become a Christian
A – Admit to God that you are a sinner. Repent, turn away from your sin. (Romans 3:23, 1 John 1:9)
B – Believe that Jesus Christ is God’s Son and accept God’s gift of forgiveness from sin. (John 3:16, Eph. 2:8-9)
C – Confess your faith in Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord. (Romans 10:9-10)
Share your exciting decision with your parents, family, friends and teachers. Set up a meeting with Mrs. Laura for your workbook, “I’m A Christian Now”.
4. Sign up for the New Believers Class
This one-session class is designed for children and preteens who have made a decision to become a Christian and want to be baptized. It is offered from 9:15 to 11:45 on Sunday mornings throughout the year. Please sign up at the Kids Information desk, or call Mrs. Laura at 678-9928.
The Bible teaches us that after we have made a decision to follow Jesus, we should be baptized. "As soon as He came up out of the water, He saw the heavens being torn open and the Spirit decending to Him like a dove. And a voice came from heaven: 'You are My beloved Son; I take delight in You." Mark 1:10-11. You may call the church office to schedule your child's baptism for either the morning or evening worship celebration.
6. Live For Him!
It is very important that parents disciple their children at home through daily quite times and making church attendance a priority, as well. According to a Barna Research Group study, if a child is not regularly active by the age of 12, the odds of their becoming active DROPS DRAMATICALLY in their teen years and beyond. Indeed, Barna's research indicates that adults who attend church regularly as children are nearly three times as likely to be attending a church today as their peers who avoided church during childhood (61% to 22%, respectively). In other words, parents who truly want the best for their children should get their children involved at church now and regularly. The old proverb was right on: "Raise up a child in the way they chould go,' and the odds are they won't depart from it.