Bala United Church seeks to live a vision of Justice and Inclusion for all of God’s People. We will worship and celebrate diversity in the world. We will develop a faith-filled community, build relationships, love and serve others and care for the world we live in. We will expand our vision by challenging attitudes about ageism, gender, race, ability, class, economic status, sexual orientation and gender identity. We proclaim loudly, “We Are Not Alone”, the circle is wide and growing!
Baptism is a moment in any Christian community when we recognize the grace of God living in each child. Baptism is a visible symbol of God’s inclusive love. Therefore, it is God’s pleasure and kindness that is being expressed in the sacrament of Baptism, in the pouring of the water, we are reminded that we are all cherished and valued as God’s own. The sacrament of baptism symbolizes the love by which God reaches out to us even when we are very young. We declare that God loves each child and to offer ourselves as the instruments of that love in their lives.
From the United Church of Canada:
Baptism is a symbolic action that signifies the new life God gives us as we join the church community. Baptism uses water as a symbolic cleansing that signifies the acceptance of new life within the church family. The sacrament of baptism is the single rite of initiation into the Christian community, the church.
The United Church offers baptism to all ages. We believe the gift of God’s love doesn’t depend on our ability to understand it, so we baptize people as infants right up through adulthood. With children, instruction is given to parents or sponsors to equip them for the child’s Christian nurture. During the ceremony, everyone in the congregation pledges support for the child and his or her parents.
Baptism is not a requirement for God’s love. We believe people who die without baptism are in no way condemned, lost, or damned.