Emmanuel United Church
 

Baptisms

 

“In Christ Jesus you are all

children of God through faith.

As many of you as were baptized into Christ

have clothed yourselves with Christ.

There is no longer Jew or Greek,

there is no longer slave or free,

there is no longer male and female;

for all of you are one in Christ Jesus.”

-Galatians 3:26-28

 

The Sacrament of Baptism

 

Baptism is a welcoming ceremony held in the presence of the faith community for people seeking to join Christ’s church.  Therefore, it is proper for baptism to take place during our Sunday service of worship.

 

Baptism Dates are arranged with our minister UPON RECEIVING A COMPLETED BAPTISMAL REQUEST FORM. Please send your completed form into our church office and our Minister will contact you to confirm a time to meet and discuss this grace-filled sacrament.

 

United Church Policy Statement

 

Baptism with water in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit is the sacrament by which one enters the Christian Community.  In this act, we express the love of God which is extended to all, and draws us together into God’s Community, the Church.

 

In preparation for Baptism our minister will meet with your family to share our church’s understanding of baptism and to explore the covenant/vows you will be making and how they can be lived out.

 

The whole of Christ’s Church takes their vows seriously and is committed to lifelong learning and sharing the Christian story with all ages and stages.  We offer programs throughout the year for children and adults to help them develop their faith and experience the love of God in community.

 

Baptism of Adults and Children

 

Baptism is about belonging.  When we are baptized, we become member of the church family, the body of Christ.

 

In worship, we as Christians gather to express our unity with God and with each other.  We are a community which spans the centuries, bound together by a covenant whose signature is Baptism.

 

We have inherited this covenant of baptism from the earliest Christians, who have also given us the legacy of their faith and their faithfulness.

 

In our worship, we renew our commitment to live in this covenant as we draw together in a wider community of believers, including those who were with us at our baptism.

 

Godparents

The role of “Godparents” in The United Church of Canada traditionally has been filled by the whole congregation; however, if the parents or guardians wish to have special friends stand with them during the service and make vows to help support and nurture the individual being baptized, this is certainly acceptable.

 

Presentation of Symbols

Baptismal Candle: 

In baptism, you are welcomed into the body of Christ.  This is symbolized by a special candle being lit from the Christ candle which is given to each child/person being baptized. Take this candle as a sign of new life in Jesus Christ, the light of the world.  The light of Christ is now given to you so you might be a sign of the light of Christ in our world.

 

Baptismal Certificate:  

A certificate will be presented to show the date you were received into the universal church of  Christ by your baptism.  This certificate is recognized by the Presbyterian, Lutheran, United, Roman Catholic and Anglican churches of Canada. (as per the PLURA Agreement of 1975)

 

Frequently Asked Questions (and Answers) About Baptism

 

Must I be an active member of the Church to have my child baptized?

No.  We are a welcoming community who seek to share God’s grace and love through baptism.  We hope you will feel at home at Emmanuel and want to come on a regular basis to worship and be involved!  If you do not live in our immediate area, but have a familial connection to Emmanuel, we will gladly introduce you to a United Church closer to your home which can provide spiritual support and Christian education opportunities to nurture you.

 

May I have my child baptized privately?

Usually not.  Baptism marks the entry of the child into the Church, and thus is properly celebrated in the midst of our faith community, however, private baptism will be considered if a life is at risk.

 

Is there a fee involved?

No.  Baptism is a sign of God’s love freely given to all people.  A special offering may be given to honour the person being baptized if you so desire.

 

Is there any preparation time involved?

Yes.  As with any commitment you make, it is wise to make an informed decision.  We do require that you meet with the minister to ensure that you understand the rich meaning of baptism and you are comfortable with the service.