Baptism is the Sacrament of initiation into the Christian life, as we make a commitment to follow Jesus Christ in the community of his church.
In baptism, we are united with Christ in his death so that we may be united with him in his risen life. Those who are committed to following the way of Christ make promises with God through baptism in water and the Holy Spirit. In the Anglican tradition, parents who are committed to raising their children in the Christian faith may enter into this covenant with God on their children’s behalf.
Because it is such an important step, adequate preparation is necessary for all baptisms. This will involve any adult seeking baptism, as well as the parents and sponsors (godparents) of children. We ask that you meet with a member of the ministry team in the weeks preceding a baptism service.
Baptism of Children
Anglican tradition holds that baptism can be offered to the children of committed, believing parent(s). But it is more than just having your baby “done.” Having children baptized and then not participating in the life of the Christian community is like registering them for school but never sending them and still expecting them to receive a good education. The question to ask yourself is: “Do I desire for myself what I am asking for my child? Can I commit my child to more than I am committed to myself?”
There is nothing more joyful than the celebration of a child’s baptism in the context of a loving family and a nurturing Christian community like St. George on Yonge.
Baptism of Adults
If you have reached that point in your spiritual journey where the Christian story makes sense to you and you are committed to pattern your life after Jesus Christ, the next step is baptism, in which you become a full member of the universal Church and a committed follower of Christ. This does not mean you have reached perfection, but have decided to join us as we strive to worship, proclaim and live our faith in an authentic Christian way. It is a joy and a delight to welcome adults into the Body of Christ.
Baptisms are held on the following Sundays of the year at the main service:
- Baptism of Jesus (early January)
- Easter season (early spring)
- Pentecost (late spring)
- Holy Cross (September)
- All Saints Day (early November)