This activity is based on an idea from Sermons4Kids, called "Make Your Father Proud!"
- Read Mark 1.4-11, and emphasise how
pleased God was with Jesus.
- Show the children some photographs of
themselves as babies, and ask their parents to talk about how those
photographs make them feel about their children.
- Talk about how proud parents are of their
own children, and how in Baptism we become God's children.
- Talk about how He sends His Holy Spirit to
help us to be more like Jesus, so that He can be pleased with us,
- You might also talk about some of the
symbolism of our own Baptisms.
- An adult or older child to do the
- An adult to lead the teaching.
- Parents to share their children's
- Ask some families, beforehand, to bring
photographs of their children to this service - especially photographs of
them as babies, and perhaps even photographs from their Baptisms.
- The Children's Sermon on which this activity is based
gives more detail on which you can base your talk.
is a visible sign that a person is turning away from evil and making a
new start with God. Parents of infants who are being baptised
thank God for His gift of life, and ask the church's support in bringing
that child to the Christian faith. The child is welcomed into the church
family. The water used in baptism is a sign of being washed free from sin
and starting a new life with God. A lighted candle is usually given to
the parents as a sign of the light that has come into their child's
- This is an ideal teaching activity for an
All-Age service to which you might invite recent Baptism families, to
raise their awareness of how welcome they would be to become more
involved in the church family.