What is a Church family?

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Families come in all shapes and sizes, but the main thing that has distinguished families throughout the ages is that they are made up of multiple generations and a bunch of different (yet related!) people.  A church family is no different–we are made up of many generations, many personalities, many shapes and sizes and colors, lots of interests and passions and ideas.

One thing that makes a church family unique is that we have committed ourselves to one another through God’s grace. One of the ways we do that is in baptism, when we make promises to guide and nurture, love and care, accept and challenge. We make these promises to parents, to children, to one another, to God.  Below is a reminder about the promises we’ve made and some of the ways we have committed to living those promises out.

How are you fulfilling your baptismal vows today?

What do you think are some of the characteristics of a healthy church family?

Children at RCLPC

Children are an important part of our church family, and we strive to include them as participants in our community life.  Whenever there is a baptism, we as a congregation make promises.  The question we are asked is:

Do you, as members of the church of Jesus Christ, promise to guide and nurture this child and his/her parents, by word and deed, with love and prayer, encouraging them to know and follow Christ and to be faithful members of his church?

As part of this commitment to share Christ’s love with our children, you are encouraged to look over these 6 “privileges of the child” and find ways to incorporate our children and their parents more fully into our life together.

Each child has the privilege:

  • To be in the midst of the congregation, not on the sidelines.
  • To wander among us during worship (and other activities), being the responsibility of each of us.
  • To give answers during children’s time without being laughed at.
  • To be called by name by each adult.
  • To be a valued person in the congregation.
  • To be led to faith by the Christ-like love, care, and model of each adult.
  • To be an active participant in worship.
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