Within the United Church of Canada, Baptism is one of the two Sacraments through which we express our faith.
Baptism is a symbolic act offered to all ages. We baptize people as infants right up through adulthood.
Baptism is an act of accepting God’s Love and officially being recognized to be part of the Christian Community.
The water in Baptism is a symbolic cleansing element that signifies the acceptance of a new life within the church family.
We believe the gift of God’s love doesn’t depend on our ability to understand it, so with children, instruction is given to parents or sponsors to equip them for the child’s Christian nurture. During the ceremony, everyone in the Community of Faith pledges to support the child and his or her parents.
Baptism is not a requirement for God’s love. We believe people who die without baptism are in no way condemned, lost, or damned.
Baptism in the United Church is recognized by all denominations of the Christian church that practice infant baptism. Similarly, if people have already been baptized in another church, the United Church recognizes their baptism and welcomes them as Christians.