Baptism is the two-fold Divine promise that we are deeply loved and forever part of God’s Beloved Community. Here are resources for exploring the True Self and our eternal interconnectedness.

ONE

Help your Littles glimpse the promises with Glenys Nellist‘s latest gem, Baptized in the Water: Becoming a Member of God’s Family (Zonderkidz).

Encourage youth and adults to live into their baptismal identities with Eighth Day Discipleship: A New Vision for Faith, Work, and Economics (Fortress)

TWO

Explore the expanse of interconnectedness with Littles through The Global Ocean (CitizenKids); with youth and adults, try Saints of Feather and Fang: How the Animals We Love and Fear Connect Us to God (Broadleaf).

THREE

Practice connection in intergenerational worship; find insight and encouragement in A Gospel for All Ages: Teaching and Preaching with the Whole Congregation (Fortress).

FOUR

Let that sense of belonging empower expressions of the True Self – exploring Art and Identity on the Spectrum (Yes! Magazine).

For insight on working with young people with autism, see our Adaptive VBS Great Idea from Rachel Casper at Eden Prairie UMC.

FIVE

If art can help us discover our True Self, it can also aid in Imagining Our Neighbor as Ourselves: How Art Shapes Empathy (Fortress).

SIX

As your Littles engage the expanding Beloved Community, things are bound to get messy. Help them develop social wisdom and spiritual tools for problem-solving with the Frolic Storybook Collection: The Complete 13-Book Set (Sparkhouse).

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You are loved and you belong, beautiful leader! Let that promise sink in and fill you with peace.