Baptism

Baptism is one of two sacraments celebrated in the United Church. The other is Holy Communion. Baptism flows from God’s unmerited grace and pours out in lives of gratitude and commitment. It is an act of welcoming, blessing and belonging.

Frequently Asked Questions:
Do I have to be a member of Trinity United Church for my child to be baptized?

No – you do not have to be a member. But because baptism is a welcoming of your child into the Christian Church through this congregation we would like you to visit us some Sunday morning so that we may enter into a relationship with you.

When/where do baptisms take place?

Baptisms normally take place during the regular Sunday morning worship service (10:30 am) in the presence of the congregation.

What happens during a baptismal service?

At a designated time in the regular service you and your child will be invited to come to the baptismal font at the front of the church where you will be welcomed by the congregation. You will be asked questions concerning your faith. Your child will be anointed with water and oil. There will be prayers of blessing for you and your child during the service. The baptized child will receive a certificate of baptism and his/her baptism will be recorded in our Baptismal Registry.

Is there a cost?

No – there is no cost for a service of baptism.

Is there a place for a reception following the baptism?

Yes. There is a Hall on the lower floor of the church building (Jory Hall).

How do I begin the process of arranging a baptism?

If you are interested in arranging a baptism for your child please contact the church office. You will then be referred to the minister who will meet with you to discuss the significance of baptism in your life at this time and describe the service to you. From there a date may be set for the baptism.