Southminster United Church
6801 Hagar Avenue
Niagara Falls Ontario
L2G 5M5
(905) 354-2125
Contact Reverend Sherry Fugard


Baptism is a symbolic act in which a person is publically and officially received as a member of the Christian Church and welcomed into its community. A person can be baptized at any time in life. Some people bring their infant children to be baptized while others become baptized as adults. A person need only be baptized once in life because most all denominations accept one another's baptism.

Baptism marks the first step of a lifelong faith journey in the light of God's love, as a follower Jesus. In the case of infant baptism, since children cannot understand what is being done, parents make their own profession of faith and promise to bring up their children in the Christian faith, and the congregation promises to help support the parents.

Baptism is one of two sacrament within the United Church of Canada, the other being Holy Communion. God acts in baptism by receiving the baptized through love into the family of Christ's church. The use of water symbolizes the cleansing of heart and mind and being spiritually born into the new life God intends for us all.