“Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them,
for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these. ”
- Matthew 19: 14 NIV
Through baptism a person becomes a member of the world-wide Christian family. This is a holy day to connect more deeply to our common faith and the importance of God’s love in our shared lives. This is so much more than a naming ceremony or an occasion to unpack the heirloom christening gown brought from the Old Country by your grandparents.
When you, as a parent ask the church to baptize a baby or young child, you make the baptismal promises on the little one’s behalf. You promises to raise your child to know and love God, and to encourage your child to confirm her or his baptism when they are old enough to understand what this means. The congregation promises to support you in the Christian development of your child.
In the not-too-distant past, some Christians believed an unbaptized person who died would not be admitted into heaven. This hardly seems like a rule our loving God would set, particularly when it could exclude innocent little children.
Baptisms at Devon United Church take place during our regular Sunday morning worship service. Family members and friends are welcome to attend and to participate in the sacrament.
Youth and adults seeking baptism are required to attend a Confirmation Class. This is because those old enough to understand the promises they are making then take on all the rights and responsibilities of church membership.
Please call the Church Office, at 780-987-3714, if you would like to know more about the Sacrament of Baptism.