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Baptism of Christ by Juan Fernandez Navarrete, 1567

Baptism with water, in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit (the Trinity: 1 God, in 3 persons) is an action instructed by Jesus (See the Gospel of Matthew, in the New Testament, chapter 28).  Throughout the almost 2000 year history of Christianity, as a result, baptism has served to mark the initiation of the baptized person into the fellowship of the worldwide community of Jesus’ faithful followers, known as “the Church”.


In The United Church of Canada

In the protestant tradition of The United Church of Canada, baptism is usually performed by an ordained minister on behalf of a congregation. As such, baptism is ideally part of a regular Sunday worship service. Baptism can be of any mode (full immersion, “pouring”, or “sprinkling”), although Aspersion, or “sprinkling”, is the mode practised on Sunday mornings at Collier Street. Persons of any age can be baptised because baptism is meant to symbolize the grace of God who has chosen to include us in his family. Full membership in a congregation of The United Church of Canada is open to all who have been baptised (with water, in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit) and who have made a profession of faith in Jesus. For adults, baptism and profession of faith can happen just a few moments apart. For children, baptism and profession of faith are usually separated by a period of years but are still “two sides of the same coin”.


How do I set up a baptism at Collier Street?

If you are interested in baptism at Collier Street United Church, please contact our church office to inquire about dates available for the ceremony and to arrange a prior meeting with a minister. Call (705) 726-1511 or email


Where can I read about baptism in the Bible?

Mark 1:1-11; Matthew 28:16-20; Romans 6:1-11; Galatians 3:26-29