Baptism symbolizes new life in God and entry into the Christian church. The United Church offers baptism to people of all ages, children to adults. Before a child is baptized, parents and any sponsors meet with the minister to help equip them for the child’s Christian nurture. The actual ceremony usually takes place in the context of a Sunday worship service. This introduces the child to the congregation and allows the congregation to pledge its support for the child and his or her parents.
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Weddings and Marriage
At Wesley-Knox United Church we welcome all people to the full life of Christian community including marriage. Marriage in the context of the United Church is a faith-based expression of love and personal commitment.
We believe God intends a loving relationship to be faithful, responsible, just, healing and sustaining of the couple and those around them and that such relationships require preparation and nurture. The celebration of marriage in The United Church of Canada includes:
- Couples not associated with Wesley-Knox
- Previously divorced people
- Couples of different religions
- Couples of all gender combinations
- Couples who view marriage as a response to God’s call to be in relationship with one another in love and faithfulness
Funerals and Celebrations of Life
Just as our faith life begins in the church around the Baptismal font, so, too, our life is rightly celebrated in the same way. Funerals and Celebrations of Life are celebrated most appropriately in the Church, but may also be held in a funeral home or graveside upon the family’s request. Such celebrations are available to both members and non-members of the church. The family should notify the Church office shortly after the death of a loved one so that the minister and church can be involved in planning the timing and location of the service.
While there is a service of Death and Resurrection in the United Church for all people, there is ample room for music, readings and other items which will most fully reflect the wishes of the family and celebrate the life of our loved ones. The minister would be happy to help you with this.