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What is Baptism?
In the church, we celebrate our gratitude for this new life with the sacrament of baptism, the single rite of initiation into the Christian community, the church. A sacrament is a holy act – a ritual of our faith. It says that God’s love surrounds us from the moment we’re born and continues throughout the course of our lives.

All Ages
Baptism is one of two sacraments in The United Church of Canada (the other one is communion). It uses water as a symbolic cleansing that signifies the acceptance of new life within the church family.

We believe the gift of God’s love does not depend on our ability to understand it, so we baptize people as infants right up through adulthood. Baptism is not a requirement for God’s love; however, nor is it a magic charm for life. The United Church believes people who die without baptism are in no way condemned, lost or damned.

Pledge of Support
Baptism takes place during a regular Sunday service. When children are baptized, their parents or godparents make promises before God and the entire congregation to raise them in the Christian faith. Adults seeking baptism make the promises themselves. It’s a significant commitment to bring a child to church every Sunday, so during a baptism, the congregation also pledges to support parents and their children, to help with the Christian education of the children.

Who to advise?
Call the church at 250-247-8633 and leave a message and/or send an e-mail to the Church Office to set up a personal or phone meeting with the Minister.

 
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