Baptism & Blessing Policy of Woodlawn United Church
Passed by Consensuses at Council on May 20, 2015
Baptism, whatever the age of the person being baptized, is the sole rite of initiation into full membership in the Christian community, the Body of Christ. Baptism is a Sacrament of the Church, instituted by Christ. By Baptism we enter the Church, where we are nourished in faith and life.
Woodlawn United, as a faith community within the United Church of Canada, is under the authority of the policy of the United Church of Canada (UCC).
The UCC Manual (2013) states:
3.2.1 Baptism of Children
Children may be baptized
(a) with the advance approval of the governing body or a chaplain in the Canadian Forces; and
(b) if one or both of their parents are full members in good standing.
3.3.2 In order to become a full member, a person must have enough knowledge about
the Christian faith and the United Church to make their commitment with understanding.
3.3.3 A person becomes a full member through one of the following ways:
(a) adult baptism and profession of faith;
(b) confirmation, if the person was baptized as a child and has now reached the
age of understanding;
(c) reaffirmation of Christian faith, if the person has already been baptized and
made a profession of faith at an earlier time;
(d) through a certificate of transfer of membership in good standing from another
congregation or church; or
(e) if the person cannot get a certificate of transfer of membership from another church, they may transfer their membership if the governing body is satisfied that they:
(i)have been baptized;
(ii) became full members of their church after they made a profession of Christian faith;
(iii) are of good Christian character; and
(iv) have valid reasons for transferring to the United Church
"Full Members" are confirmed members of Woodlawn United Church.
"In good standing" means that at least one parent currently participates in the life and work of Woodlawn United Church.
Application for Baptism or Blessing (pdf)