Meet with the Minister
Once you contact the church to inquire about baptism, the office will put you in touch with the minister. A date will be arranged to meet and discuss your desire for you or your child to be baptized, and what the service will look like. We welcome all individuals who desire to become part of the Lakeview community via baptism. The initial meeting is a meet and greet so that everyone is on the same page with the service planning.
Sacrament of Baptism
The Sacrament of Baptism is held within the regular Sunday worship service in the presence of the Lakeview United Church congregation. Candidates for baptism are brought to the Baptismal Font at the front of the Worship Centre. The sponsors (usually the parent(s)) of children being baptized respond to questions of faith and promise to provide an environment in which their children's belief in God will be nurtured. Adult candidates respond to the questions of faith on their own behalf. Members of the congregation also make a commitment to offer spiritual guidance and support to the newly baptised within the caring Christian community of Lakeview United Church.
Each candidate is baptised with water and blessed. A candle is lit and presented to each baptized individual. The newly baptized are then presented to the congregation.
For adults, baptism and confirmation take place together. Through their baptism and profession of faith, adults are received as full members of the Lakeview United Church congregation.
All who are baptized receive a Baptismal Certificate.
Family and Friends
Family members and friends of those being baptised are very welcome to attend the Sacrament of Baptism and stay for the remainder of the worship service. It is our tradition at Lakeview United Church to have refreshments before and after all our Sunday services. Those who are newly baptised and their family and friends are very welcome to join members of the congregation for this joyful time of celebration and visiting.
There is no fee for baptism.
Continued Care and Support
We are pleased to welcome newly baptised children and adults into the faith community of Lakeview United Church. To honour our congregational commitment, we offer spiritual nurturing and support to children through our energetic and engaging LIGHT Children’s Ministry.
We lend spiritual support to baptised adults through our library of resources and a range of programs and groups, including adult choirs, Faith Journey groups, and various opportunities to be of assistance in the community. You are welcome at Lakeview and you belong!