Recently the vicar asked me to prepare a lady for baptism, because she’d asked for it. She’s in her 50s, looks after her grandson, and has recently started coming to church. She has a lot of problems and sad things that have happened to her.
I decided to use a little 6-part course called ‘Start’. It’s not a baptism preparation course. I don’t think she’s ready for that yet. Instead, the Start course begins where people are, with the questions and doubts that they have. It covers topics like ‘is there a purpose in life?’ ‘Does God exist?’ etc. The nice thing about it, is that it encourages people to be honest about their opinions, rather than handing them pre-packaged answers to questions they aren’t asking.
For her it’s more like warm-up exercises before deciding whether she wants to ‘start’ the race
We’ll see where we get to!
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