Deanery of Algoma

Unblocking the Dam: Releasing the revolutionary waters of baptism

“When a congregation starts taking seriously the vocation to make disciples, its life is bound to change too!” ~ Jay Koyle, Go Make Disciples: An Invitation to Baptismal Living. (Minneapolis: Augsburg Fortress, 2012) p. 21.

By its nature, baptism is a subversive sacrament that initiates people into a community established to reveal the Kingdom of God. Yet for all our talk about baptism in recent years, little has really changed when it comes to its place and practice in the majority of congregations. Too often, we continue to treat baptism as a pastoral rite for newborns and their families. We fail to recognize its capacity to transform the church for the sake of the world.

A Lay Readers workshop offered late April in Sault Ste. Marie and facilitated by Jay Koyle, our Diocesan Congregational Development Officer, will delve into some of the principles and practicalities for fostering robust baptismal practice and ministry in the life of our churches.

Those who engaged the Becoming the Story We Tell initiative will find this an excellent follow-up!

When:   Saturday April 30th, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Where:  Trinity Centre at Cara Community, Sault Ste. Marie
Register by April 26th by contacting Pamela Rayment, PA at 705-206-6982 or via email
Lunch will be provided.