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Home work

Congregations move the training of young Christians out the church door

When parents and sponsors bring children to be baptized, they vow — before God and the congregation — to "faithfully bring them to the services of God's house ... teach them the Lord's Prayer, the Creed, and the Ten Commandments" and "place in their hands the Holy Scriptures."

Parents typically don't do these things, Freesemann says. They usually delegate their children's Christian education and formation to the pastor or to Sunday school and confirmation programs.

That's why Sunday school at Holy Redeemer is chiefly the parents' responsibility, with lessons taught at home. And it's not just because Holy Redeemer, with 100 baptized members, is too small to have enough children for the traditional age-graded Sunday school classes.


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