We spent today’s Children’s Time gathered around the baptismal font.  We talked about the ordinary wood that was used to build it, the ordinary bowl that held the ordinary water poured from an ordinary kitchen jug.

We each dipped our hands into the water and sprinkled the droplets on our own foreheads.  Some of us drew the sign on a cross with our wet fingers.

These ordinary materials and simple actions are not what make a baptism special.  Jesus was baptised by being fully immersed in a river by John.  We couldn’t do that here at Southminster.  So instead we use this practice as a symbol to remind us that we are baptised or we can be baptised with the same meaning as when Jesus was baptised.