Baptism is a great gift, and the main focus of the first lesson of Greater Gifts, our Youth lesson series for Epiphany. This activity brings the metaphor of baptism (water) into the space to help focus the discussion on the meaning of this sacrament. You can read Luke 3:15-17, 21-22 as a preparation for this discussion.
Begin by pulling out a basin and pouring water into it. Invite students to pass it around, look at it and touch the water while you are discussing the meaning of baptism.
- Do you know what being baptized means? Why is it a big deal?
- Have you ever been baptized?
- After students have shared whether they have been baptized or not – spend some time sharing what your church teaches about this sacrament.
- For example: in baptism we recognize that we belong to Christ’s church, it is covenant (promise) by parents to raise their children to know Jesus, God’s grace is available to all, grace is given freely, for adults is it a symbol of being washed clean by Christ’s sacrifice. You can read more about what we believe about Baptism on the UMC site.
- SHeShare what a certificate of Baptism looks like. Ask what other things in life are marked by a certificate?
- Why use water? What symbols does it make you think of?
- Why do you think baptism is seen as a gift?