Baptism is the rite of initiation into the Christian faith. This sacrament is based upon Jesus’ own baptism in the river Jordan when the spirit of God descended upon him. (Matt 3:13-17, Mark 1:9-11, Luke 3:21-22, John 1:29-34)

Baptism is a coming into the Body of Christ, in which we become members of one another and of Christ – it is about who we are in Christ, and being God’s own. In baptism we are gathered and sent forth, in God’s own ministry of transformation, reconciliation, healing and salvation of the world. So, baptism is about identity and belonging, and about being sent in mission and ministry.

What do I do next?

Baptism preparation is available for adults seeking baptism or parents seeking to have their child baptized in the Anglican tradition. Preparation involves the study of the sacraments, the process of being welcomed into the Christian community, and understanding what living a baptismal life means. To learn more, contact the rector at or call the church at 905-527-1316.

How can I learn more?

The text for the Rite of Baptism and more information can be found at The Ministry of all the Baptized, and on page 146 of the Book of Alternative Services [PDF]

Additional you may visit the National church’s website for more about baptism and choosing Godparents.