As a welcoming and inclusive Affirming Ministry we believe in service, compassion and respect for all regardless of ability, economic circumstance, culture, race, gender, sexuality or faith.
Statement of Belief on Baptism:
The “Song of Faith” of the United Church of Canada states;
“Before conscious thought or action on our part,
we are born into the brokenness of this world.
Before conscious thought or action on our part,
we are surrounded by God’s redeeming love.
Baptism by water in the name of the Holy Trinity
is the means by which we are received, at any age,
into the covenanted community of the church.
It is the ritual that signifies our rebirth in faith
and cleansing by the power of God.
Baptism signifies the nurturing, sustaining,
and transforming power of God’s love
and our grateful response to that grace.
Carrying a vision of creation healed and restored,
we welcome all in the name of Christ.”
With this as our foundation, the congregation of St. Andrew’s United Church upholds and practices the Sacrament of Baptism.
When families choose to have their children baptized as infants, we celebrate the profound love of God. Often before the child knows its own name, and while the child is totally dependent upon adults for care, we mark the child with the water of baptism … a powerful sign of God’s grace which precedes our even knowing God’s name. Neither we nor our children can earn God’s favour. Nevertheless, the abiding grace of God does surround us. It is the most important power in our life. Our faith in Jesus Christ assures us of God’s good will toward us and all children. We are dependent upon God to do for us what we cannot do for ourselves.
Eligibility for Baptism:
Preparation for Baptism:
Steps to Baptism:
Occasionally circumstances arise where a baptism must take place immediately. There is a long-standing tradition that any Christian may baptize in these circumstances. We affirm this tradition for our lay people and our minister. Following a baptism, the name should be brought to the worship committee and recorded in the Baptismal Record Book.
Anyone who was baptised as an infant is invited to reaffirm these vows through confirmation after age 13.
On-going Support Following Baptism:
Baptism is an important public commitment of faith and discipleship. You affirm your belief in a God of love and commit to intentionally seek God in your life and continue deepening your spiritual journey.
The congregation commits to nurturing your whole family on this journey. Our role is to support your whole family in deepening your faith and giving you the tools to grow in faith with your children. We will continue to be in touch with you and encourage you to participate in the life and work of St. Andrew’s. We will contact you about various activities and make ourselves available to you when requested. Please be in touch with the minister if you have specific requests for support or programs which would encourage you and your family in deepening your faith.
We will also be inviting and encouraging you to support the community of faith with your time, talents and financial gifts so that we can continue to serve you and the wider community.