Baptism

First Presbyterian Church welcomes requests for all those who wish to be baptized in the Christian faith: infants, children, youth and adults. We welcome inquiries about baptism from those who wish to affirm their faith in this way.

The Presbyterian Church in Canada affirms this about baptism.

  • Baptism is a sign and seal of our union with Christ and with his church. Through it we share in the death and resurrection of Christ and are commissioned to his service.
  • In Baptism, water is administered in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. The water signifies the washing away of sin, the start of new life in Christ and the gift of the Holy Spirit.
  • By the power of the Holy Spirit, God acts through Baptism. It is the sacrament not of what we do, but of what God has done for us in Christ. Godís grace and our response to it are not tied to the moment of Baptism, but continue and deepen throughout life. It is a sacrament meant for those who profess their faith and for their children. Together we are a family of God.
  • Baptism is also an act of discipleship that requires commitment and looks towards growth in Christ. Those baptized in infancy are called in later years to make personal profession of Christ. What is born may die. What is grafted may wither. Congregations and those baptized must strive to nurture life in Christ.
  • Baptism assures that we belong to God. In life and in death our greatest comfort is that we belong to our faithful Savior Jesus Christ.

Contact our church for more information.