Baptism

 

The baptism of children and infants takes place at Knox United Church during regular Sunday services several times a year. Whatever the age of the child, whatever the denomination of the parents, we at Knox welcome the opportunity to receive children into our faith community and provide support for parents seeking to raise their children in a spiritual environment.

We also welcome adults and teens for baptism – and Church Membership classes are held as needed or requested. Typically you will meet with the minister 2-3 times to prepare for this exciting celebration. We look forward to journeying with you in this step of faith. If you would like to talk to a minister about having your child baptized, please give us a call. 250-635-6014.

The United Church of Canada’s statement on Baptism:

Baptism is a symbolic action that signifies the new life God gives us as we join the church community.

Baptism uses water as a symbolic cleansing that signifies the acceptance of new life within the church family. The sacrament of baptism is the single rite of initiation into the Christian community, the church.

The United Church offers baptism to all ages. We believe the gift of God’s love doesn’t depend on our ability to understand it, so we baptize people as infants right up through adulthood.

With children, instruction is given to parents or sponsors to equip them for the child’s Christian nurture. During the ceremony, everyone in the congregation pledges support for 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 practise infant baptism. Similarly, if people have already been baptized in another church, the United Church recognizes their baptism and welcomes them as Christians.