What is Baptism?
Baptism is one of two sacraments in The United Church of Canada. It is an important event in the life of the Christian Community. Through Baptism we are named as God’s children and shown that we are loved by God and our community. Baptism is a symbolic action that signifies new life.
How do I go about requesting a baptism?
Give us a call at 902 894 9656 and ask to speak to one of our ministers. The ministers will tell you a little bit about the process and arrange a time to meet with you. Each person, or in the case of an infant, person’s parents, meets with one of our ministers before the act of Baptism to talk about what it means to take this step. All Baptism requests are then approved by our Church Session.
Do you have to be a member of Park Royal United to be baptized?
No. Membership is not required but we would love to have you and your family be a part of our community at Park Royal. We invite you to join us and take in some of our activities here prior to your actual baptism date.
Do I need to have a specific religious denomination or background in order to be baptized?
We welcome people from any religious denomination or background who seek to learn what works best for them on their faith journey.
**Something important to note is that Baptism is not about saving the child or person from something, nor is it about ensuring they are loved by God. In the view of The United Church of Canada all people – and children – are loved by God and are offered the gift of grace from the moment of their birth. The act of Baptism is a response to that love and grace. It is our saying “yes” to God’s love, it is our receiving of the gift of grace already given. Perhaps the best way to describe Baptism is that it, like Communion, is an outward sign of an ever-present inward grace.