All of us like to think of our churches as safe places. Sadly, many predators take advantage of the trusting and open environment within a church. It is essential that each and every CBWC church take active steps to prevent physical, emotional and sexual abuse within our congregations.
The Preventing Abuse in the Church manual helps churches develop policies and procedures that will protect children, youth and vulnerable adults from abuse.
Advent and Lent
Through Jesus, we are saved, transformed, forgiven, and given new life and purpose in Jesus. Baptism is symbolic of all these things and publicly shows that we’re serious about following God. Baptism is also a sign of entering the church; God adopts you as His child, giving you new brothers and sisters in the family of believers.
Because we come to faith through a free, personal decision, we practice the baptism of believers. We do not practice infant baptism, reserving baptism for adults and young people mature enough to make a fully conscious and committed decision. Following Biblical example and modeling the life, death and resurrection of Christ, we baptize by full immersion.
Here are some helps for teaching about baptism and how to enfold new children into the congregation: