If you are thinking about having your child baptized at Tansley, we urge you to give prayerful consideration to the contents of this page. Please feel free to download or print this page for further exploration and consideration. The information on this page is also available as a brochure at the church.
The Celebration of Baptism
Baptism is a celebration because every child is a reason to celebrate, and God's love is also something to celebrate.
Infant Baptism is most common at Tansley, although children, youth and adults also receive the sacrament from time to time since it is open to all, regardless of age. (This page deals primarily with infant or child baptism.)
Baptism is one of two sacraments in The United Church of Canada. (The other sacrament is the Lord's Supper —also known as Communion.)
God acts in Baptism by receiving your child into God's care and within the fellowship of Christ's church, using the occasion to make God's love known. The use of water symbolizes the cleansing of heart and mind, and the new life in Christ that God intends for your child.
Baptism of Children involves promises that are taken by both the parents and the Tansley congregation.
Promises of the Parents
Minister: You have brought your child here for baptism. Do you believe in God and in God's love?Promises of the Congregation
All: As a baptized and baptizing church, we commit ourselves to support and uphold you within a community which worships God, loves and serves others, seeks justice and resists evil. May God grant us all the grace to live out our baptism.There is a very basic meaning in these promises:
How to Honour Your Promises
Requirements for Baptism at Tansley
You do not have to be an "official" member of Tansley or the United Church of Canada to have your child baptized here. However, you need to:
Am I in agreement with the beliefs of this Christian community?Making a Decision about Baptism
If your answer to all of these questions is "yes", then either email or otherwise contact Tansley's office for more information about Baptism, getting your child baptized at Tansley, or to inquire about upcoming Baptism dates.
By the very definition of Christianity as the family of Christ, Christians cannot be raised in isolation from the rest of their "family". It takes a village to raise a child, and at Tansley, we believe that it takes a Christian village to raise a Christian.
By having your child baptized, you agree that you will bring your child to worship on a regular basis so that your child will be a part of a Christian community. In return, we make a commitment that we will help nurture your children while making them aware of the love of God and the joy of God's creation.
As a child grows up in the love of God, there will come a time when each child will have an opportunity to profess his or her faith before the congregation. Tansley encourages young people (high school age and older) and adults, when ready, to seek membership in the church and publicly profess their faith in Jesus Christ--thereby "confirming" the promises you made on their behalf at Baptism.