- This is a resource that Andy and
I have used on-and-off for the last few years when visiting parents
interested in Baptism. As a tool for a baptism visitor one thing that
commends itself is its length. With a running time of 10 minutes it fits
neatly into the usual sort of baptism visit and doesn’t leave parents
looking at each other awkwardly wondering when it's going to finish!
It begins with some possible reasons why parents bring their
children for baptism, and then goes on to introduce
baptism as the start of a journey, emphasising
the role of parents in their childrens’ spiritual development.
The middle section talks about the basics of Christian belief and
then the DVD moves on to the baptism service before a final summary
which mentions the possibility of a thanksgiving service for those who
are not ready to commit to the baptismal promises.
– The DVD has a friendly, informal approach,
although I did find the tone of the narrator slightly patronising at
times! However it is suitable for parents to watch with children over
the age of 4 who are being baptised, or the older siblings of babies.
The delivery is clear and the cartoon format very accessible for little
ones. Elizabeth (who is 4) loved watching it with us and was very
interested in the bit where “the world was all messed up”!
I did find the strong emphasis on the Fall caused problems with one
family that I visited. I think the mother had had quite a difficult and
strict religious upbringing and had maybe had sin “rammed down her
throat”. For this family at least the DVD was less than helpful. But I
think, in most cases, the approach is fairly acceptable and thought
and Julie Robinson