Text: Genesis 28:10-19
Coming of Age Celebration
What do a baby doll, a Bible, a notebook, a water pitcher, a blanket, a red kick ball, and a communion cup have in common? This winter I’ve been a guest in each of our elementary school age Sunday school classes. Our Christian Education Commission asked me to talk with our young people about rituals in the church and why we do them. Those objects are some of the props I’ve been carting around.
Many of these rituals are ones we share in common with other Christians. In these classes we’ve started out by gathering in a circle around the red kick ball, which serves as our sun. We talk about the liturgical calendar. So far we’ve managed to circle through the seasons of the church year without breaking out in a spontaneous game of dodgeball, but there have been a couple close calls. After the full circle we talk about Communion and baptism and what they mean to us.
We also talk about the different rituals they will experience as they grow up in this particular congregation. We dedicate babies as a way of blessing families and committing to...