In the United Church of Canada, we believe that baptism is a symbolic act that celebrates the new life God gives us as we join the church family. Baptism is a sacramental seal acknowledging our welcome into, and acceptance of, Christian life. In the United Church of Canada, baptism is one of the two sacraments that we celebrate, along with Holy Communion. We baptize any who come to us seeking this sacrament, regardless of church association. Baptism is not a requirement for God's love. We believe that people who die without baptism are in no way condemmed, lost or dammed.
You may arrange a baptism by contacting our minister, Rev. Sandra Yule. She will explain the significance of baptism for your child or yourself. You do not have to be a member of our pastoral charge but we would certainly welcome you into our faith community. Another option we offer is a Celebration of Birth, which is almost the same as a baptism without the trinitarian formula. This rite of passage enables a family who may blend Christianity with another faith tradition to bring a blessing to their newborn without compromising the belief system of either parent.
Baptisms normally take place during our regular Sunday services (Fallowfield United 9:30 am and Merivale United 11:00 am), witnessed by our full congregation. This is important, because during the ceremony, the congregation makes a promise to the person being baptized to support that person in his or her spiritual growth. We do offer baptism outside of the church under exceptional circumstances.
Both churches have rooms available for receptions following the baptismal ceremony.