Timothy Bear and the Baptism Box
'Like you, Timothy, I was much too young to remember being baptised,' began Grandpa, 'but I think about it a lot. It makes me tingle even when I haven't been in the sea ...and remember: although water can only clean...
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'Like you, Timothy, I was much too young to remember being baptised,' began Grandpa, 'but I think about it a lot. It makes me tingle even when I haven't been in the sea ...and remember: although water can only clean our outsides, what Jesus goes on doing for us is cleansing our insides too.' When his baby sister Teresa is baptised, Timothy Bear learns a lot about what baptism really means - and he discovers that some lessons are easier to learn than others! Timothy Bear and the Baptism Box contains 12 easy-to-read stories, each exploring a different symbol or action found either in the Church of England baptism service or in the wider baptism journey. The stories lead to the creation of a child's own Baptism Box. An ideal gift for 4-7s, to help them engage with the true meaning of baptism. Baptism symbols and themes include: water; oil; the lighted candle; repentance; forgiveness through the sacrifice of Jesus; the meaning of the Trinity; keeping promises; service; perseverance; becoming part of God's family; and growing as a Christian.
Brian Sears is a trained teacher with nearly 40 years experience of primary education. He was head teacher at Yorke Mead School, Croxley Green, Hertfordshire from 1980 until his early retirement in 1997. Brian frequently leads church services by invitation in Hertfordshire, mainly in the Baptist tradition. Brian has published two books about Timothy Bear for Barnabas, Through the Year with Timothy Bear and Looking forward to Christmas with Timothy Bear.