Using a rucksack and footprints to help speak of the journey of faith
This is a brief outline for a baptism sermon. You will need a rucksack and some visual aids; a map, a compass and/or satnav device, a snack. If you want to try the footprints suggestion below, you’ll need one paper cut-out foot shape for everyone in church.
I live in the Lake District so the journey with map etc address was easy for folk to relate to, have done a similar thing using OS map symbols – trig point, close contours, view point, information point etc relating to Christian journey as well.
Bible Reference: works with many readings, I used it with 1 John 2:1-2, 12-14 on Father’s Day
Message: Christian life is a journey and God provides all we need
Introduce idea that got we all got to church by different modes of transport and that you like walking
What do you need to go for a walk (have rucksack with visual aids)
Walking the Christian Journey with our ‘kit’
- Map – big picture Bible (church bible) – we are part of the big story
- Compass/gps location? Jesus (baptism candle) = compass
- Holy Spirit (dove) – gps
- Snack/Sustenance teaching/groups/school/messy church etc (gift bible)
- Company – other people Church and christian family for support and encouragement
We all have a role to play and we walk the journey of faith together.
Maybe at different places on journey and going at different speeds.
Easy bits and difficult bits – Holy Spirit and church family there to help/support/carry when required.
You could give out footprint shapes to everyone.
All we do will influence those around us – we can choose how.
Using the cut-out footprints
- You could give out footprint shapes to everyone.
- On one side ask people write who has been a Christian influence in their life – who have you followed?
- On the other side write who you hope to be a Christian influence to (this child?) – who do you hope will follow your example?
- Take footprint home as a reminder that we all follow Jesus and thank God for those who guide us.