When we present our children for Holy Baptism, we make a promise to them.
“In Christian love you have presented this child for Holy Baptism. You should, therefore, faithfully bring him/her to the services of God’s house, and teach him/her the Lord’s Prayer, the Creed, and the Ten Commandments. Do you promise to fulfill these obligations?”
Upon hearing these words, if you are like many parents, you may feel you sometimes fall a bit short in your attempts to keep this baptismal promise. Or you may feel a little bit frustrated that though your church asked you to make such promises, they did not do much to help you keep them.
We know how busy life can be and how much each parent wants to do the best that they can for their child. Our Wednesday night confirmation ministry, along with the myriad of other ways for your child to be involved at St. Philip the Deacon is our way of keeping our baptismal promise. As a congregation, we have promised to support you as you bring your child up as a follower of Christ. However, research has shown that the primary place of faith formation is in the young person’s home. We cannot even attempt to duplicate the opportunities that you have throughout the week to help your child see where God is at work in the world or to provide the kind of faith modeling that you do for your young person each day.
We want to help you. When you brought your child to the baptismal font for the assurance of their salvation, you promised to play an active role helping them to live in that baptismal covenant. Bringing your child on Wednesday night is one part of fulfilling this promise—but it doesn’t stop there!
As a parent/guardian you have the most important role in your young person’s faith development. The church is in partnership with you as you fulfill this role. God bless you as you faithfully work to fulfill your role as a loving parent.