Baptism is the first of two sacraments celebrated within The United Church of Canada. Communion is the other. Often parents bring their infants and young children for baptism; however, sometimes people come in their teens or later in life seeking to be baptized. As an Affirming Ministry of The United Church of Canada, we are happy to baptize LGBTQ individuals, and their children.
In the sacrament of baptism, which occurs during regular Sunday worship, we celebrate and honour the Original Blessing under which we are all born as beloved children of God. After speaking words of faith, love, and commitment; we are blessed with the baptismal waters in the name of God, Creator, Christ, and Spirit; marked with oil, and declared as, “Belonging to Christ.” We are told: “Let the light of Christ shine through your life.” Hearing these words, the congregation pledges our love and support as you continue on your spiritual journey, and (if appropriate) as you seek to live and raise your child/ren as follower/s of the living Christ.
One is considered a full member of the church universal at baptism. Confirmation, then, is an opportunity for young people, at an appropriate age, or adults to make decisions about their faith life and commitments, and to affirm their parent’s decision to have them baptized as infants or young children. Confirmation generally occurs between the ages of 10 – 13, but can occur at any age or stage of life beyond that. At Manor Road we generally meet with our young people regularly over a period of several months leading up to confirmation. We seek to give them an opportunity to intentionally explore what it means to live as a Christian both in the Church and in the world. We offer opportunities to participate in the life of the congregation, as they consider what it means to be an active member of The United Church of Canada. At the end of the preparation period, those wishing to be confirmed are welcomed into full participation in the life of the church through a liturgy of welcome, and baptismal renewal.