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 is an outward, visible sign of a spiritual reality: we are God’s beloved children, choosing to follow Jesus Christ.
In the United Church of Canada, adult and infant baptism is one of the two sacraments that we celebrate, along with Holy Communion. At First United Church, we baptize any who come to us seeking this sacrament, regardless of church association, who with integrity are willing to respond to the questions of faith and promises to raise the child in the Christian tradition, and who are committed to a relationship within the Christian community.
Baptisms take place during our regular Sunday 10:30 a.m. service, 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. Adults who are baptized become full members of the congregation and are recorded in our Membership Roll.