Baptism Request

As Protestants, Presbyterians take to heart Baptism and Holy Communion as the Sacrament in the Church.

Baptism

All baptisms will take place within public worship services as determined by the session. In all cases, the minister will meet with prospective candidates (in cases of adult baptism) and with a parent or both parents in case of infant baptisms. There usually is a education period when the minister discusses with candidates or parent(s) of an infant(s) in 6 to 7 session covering topics such as living as Christians today, meaning of Baptism in the Church and in our society, the nature of sacraments, and obligations of being baptised.

When the candidates or parent(s) are ready, the request for baptism would be brought to the session (session is constituted by the minister and elders who are elected to serve). The session determines the time and place of baptism. Usually our practice is to celebrate the sacrament of baptism at Easter and the first Sunday of Advent.

Infant Baptism
In The Presbyterian Church in Canada, infants are welcomed into the Church of Jesus Christ and are baptised if one (or both) parent is a professing member of a Church. That is, if a parent is baptised and is a Christian who takes an active part in any ministry of Christ and in activities of the Church of Jesus Christ, that parent can asked a local congregation to baptise her(his) child.

Q & A

Who is eligible for baptism?
Anyone who has been attending worship services and/or has been part of a congregation in its worship and life. It is helpful to have some experience of life in faith whether in a church setting or in setting where a person has been exposed to Christian life and faith.

How long would it take from the day one asks?
It usually takes 3 to 4 months to be baptised in a church including the time of instruction. It takes a meeting or two with the minister to figure out if you want to proceed with the request to be baptised and belong to the Church of Jesus Christ.

Can my child be baptised if we do not belong to Drummond Hill?
We encourage the parent(s) of a child (children) to belong to a Christian church near the place of residence. Since baptism has no significance outside of the Church of Jesus Christ, we do not encourage anyone who does not take faith in Christ seriously to proceed with the request.

If I regularly attend a church near where I live, can you baptise my child(ren) when we come to visit our parent who is the member of Drummond Hill?
Our usual procedure in these cases is to ask you to meet with your church pastor/minister/priest and see what is required. If you meet all the requirement of the church you attend, we would gladly baptise your child(ren) on behalf of your church at the request of your church community. That means, you may bring us a letter from your pastor/minister/priest or someone in your home congregation can e-mail or call us to request that we perform the baptism on behalf of the congregation.

If I have been attending the church, why should I go through the instructions in order to be baptised or have my child(ren) baptised?
Baptism is a sign and seal of our union with Christ and his Church. It does not have any superstitious power attached to it. It does not guarantee one's entry into heaven and does not protect us from calamities in life. It is meant for those who profess their faith in Christ and for their children. As such it would be important for anyone who wants to be baptised to understand correctly and take to heart the symbolism of this holy act. In the first meeting the minister will discuss how much you already know in order to customise the instruction.

How much is the cost? Do I have to give a minister or congregation anything?
There is no cost. The minister is not paid for instructing or baptising anyone. Baptism is part of a church worship service. Whatever you give as offering during worship is sufficient.

What if we want our child(ren) baptised soon (because our family member or friend might be visiting) and do not have sufficient time to go through the instruction?
The minister can speak with the session about your circumstance and offer your a suggestion on how all requirements may be met.

I was baptised as a child, but I have never been a Christian as long as I can remember. Can I be baptised again?
We do not baptise a person who has been baptised once. In our belief, once you are baptised, that is good enough. If you wish to join our congregation as a member, we suggest that you go through the instruction on professing your faith. People who are baptised are asked to make public profession of faith in order to become a full member of the Church.

I was baptised in a different denomination. Should I be baptised again?
As mentioned in the above answer, there is no need to be baptised again to be a Christian. Being restored as an active member of a church on the other hand requires a different procedure. Check "membership" page.

My parent is insisting that my child(ren) ought to be baptised. I have not been attending any church. I do not practice faith even though I was baptised as a child. I do not want to offend my parent. Should I have my child(ren) baptised?
This difficult dilemma is what brings many parents to our church office. It would not be fair for your child(ren) to be baptised just to please your parent. Speak with the minister who can speak with your parent and help you with this difficult situation.

I was baptised as a child. I am at best a marginal Christian attending very sparsely. I try to be a good Christian on my own way. I want to do what's best for my child and wish to baptise the child. Is this way of thinking okay?
One thing to consider is that baptising a child requires that you make a promise to bring the child in Christ and give instruction in accordance with your faith in Christ. That is, part of that promise implies that you will allow your child(ren) to be brought up as Christians and be taught not only by you but also by other Christians (especially through Sunday school or something like it). If you are able to commit to this promise, that is one thing. If you know that you will not be able to keep the promise, then, it would best be left until later when your child(ren) can attend church regularly.

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