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Baptisms & Confirmation
What is Baptism?
Baptism is a sacramental seal acknowledging our welcome into and acceptance of Christian life. At St. Andrew’s United Church, we baptize any who come to us seeking this sacrament, regardless of church association.
Baptism is celebrated on a regular basis, usually one to three Baptisms at a time. Infant baptism is quite common, although children, youth, and adults also receive the sacrament from time to time.
The order of worship for the Baptism of Children involves promises or vows which are taken by both the parent(s) and the congregation.
Membership in the congregation is not required, but it is encouraged. The promises of Baptism are almost identical to the promises of congregational membership. Furthermore, we encourage parents to attend worship prior to the Baptism so that the congregation can know and recognize the parents and the child when asked to make their promises.
Regardless of age, all who seek to be nourished and sustained upon the journey of faith and who long to live justly and in peace with their neighbour are welcomed to share in the Sacrament of Holy Communion.
In Conclusion, baptism is not magic. It is not a spiritual inoculation to protect your child against mysterious evils, nor is it a rite of passage into parenthood. Baptism marks the beginning of your child’s life as a follower and friend of Jesus. Its strength is in your promise that your child will be brought up in the knowledge and love of God, and in God’s promise to be present in your life and in the life of your children.
If you have any questions or would like further information, please don’t hesitate to contact:
Rev. Stephen Iverson – (519) 752-5823