The sacrament of baptism is a cherished 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, and so we baptize people as infants right up through adulthood.
Baptism is not a requirement for God’s love. We do not believe people who die without baptism are condemned or lost. This ancient tradition is a beloved rite of introduction to God’s world. Baptism uses water as a symbolic cleansing that signifies the acceptance of new life within the church family.
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.
The sacrament of baptism is offered as a public initiation into the church and as such, Eastminster does not offer private baptisms. We do, however, perform baptisms several times throughout the year for both children and adults as a part of Sunday worship service to which friends and extended family are of course, warmly welcomed.
And don’t worry – there will be Kodak moments. To arrange a baptism, or for more information, please contact Rev. Sarah Miller.