Baptism is one of two sacraments in The United Church of Canada. It is an important event in the life of the Christian Community. Through Baptism we are named as God’s children and shown that we are loved by God and our community. Baptism is a symbolic action that signifies new life.
All Baptism requests come to the presiding minister who then has them approved by our Church Council. Each person, or in the case of an infant, person’s parents, meets with the minister a few times before the act of Baptism to talk about what it means to take this step.
Something important to note is that Baptism is not about saving the child or person from something, nor is it about ensuring they are loved by God. In the view of the United Church of Canada all people – and children – are loved by God and are offered the gift of grace from the moment of their birth. The act of Baptism is a response to that love and grace. It is our saying yes to God’s love, it is our receiving of the gift of grace already given. Perhaps the best way to describe Baptism is that it, like Communion, is an outward sign of an ever-present inward grace.
Should you have any other questions about being Baptized or having your child Baptized, give us a call at (902) 543-4833.