When a baby is baptized, the parents and everyone in the congregation promise to love and nurture the child, teaching him or her about Jesus so that she or he will grow up knowing God's love. Baptism is a way for parents to say, "I believe in the promises God has made in the Bible to love and care for my child, and I want my child to walk in that love." Baptism is also a way of saying, "Yes!" to God's invitation to enter the community of faith.
The Godly Play baptism story allows us to weave in the trinity (the Father, Son and Holy Spirit), the light through candles and the blessing using water. It also grants us the opportunity to present the importance of each child and the name that they were given. This is a great opportunity for the children to recount their baptism and to review Jesus' baptism.
As our story tellers retell the story, they help us remember our Baptism, recreate the light of God and then, when the lesson ends, the children can take that light of God into the world to share it with their family, friends and neighbors.
This story is found in both Godly Play and Young Children and Worship books.