In the United Church of Canada, Baptism is considered one of two sacraments mandated by Jesus in the Gospels (the other being Communion).
Baptism by water in the name of the Holy Trinity is the means by which we are received, at any age, into the covenanted community of the church. It is the ritual that signifies our rebirth in faith and cleansing by the power of God. Baptism signifies the nurturing, sustaining, and transforming power of God's love and our grateful response to that grace. (A Song of Faith, Manual 2013, 2.6)
The people of McClure United Church, enabled by the Spirit of God, reflect God’s love by their attitudes and actions. We believe that we are called by Jesus Christ to proclaim the gospel and live the gospel in the world.
A meeting will be set up between the interested party(ies) and one of the Ministers to discuss Baptism and to explain the Baptism process.
We encourage those seeking Baptism to have or develop some connection to the Congregation. Such connection may be by way of membership, adherence, marriage, or family connections.
At least one of the parents/guardians, and those representing themselves for Baptism at McClure, are expected to give their affirmation to the required questions of commitment of faith. The Church Board is responsible for determining if Baptism may proceed when this affirmation cannot be given.
One of the Ministers will take the name of the one to be Baptized forward to the Worship Committee. The Worship Committee will make a recommendation to the Church Board. The Church Board will determine approval of each Baptism and each approval will be included by motion in the Board minutes.
The Baptism will take place at an agreed upon Sunday Worship service. Baptism will take place within public worship except for those instances when it is a crisis situation. The required information regarding the person being Baptized shall be entered into the Baptismal Register and a Certificate of Baptism will be provided.
Where it is not possible to secure the prior consent of the Church Board, the person administering the Sacrament of Baptism shall report such pastorally urgent or emergent decisions as may have been made in such cases to the next Worship Committee meeting for information and to the following meeting of the Church Board for ratification.