Baptism is not just a religious gesture, nor a social obligation. It is an act of worship by which the church receives someone into its fellowship to begin their Christian faith journey. By baptism one becomes a member of the Christian church and commits to follow in the footsteps of Jesus, sharing in His mission of justice and peace and also in His suffering. This is not done alone, however, but in partnership with a particular denomination of Christians (in this case, the United Church of Canada) and with a local congregation (that is, St. Mark’s).
Baptism is about belonging. The newly baptized is accepted by the church as a newcomer into Christian fellowship.
By requesting that your child be baptized, you are asking that the church receive your child into its care. You are acknowledging the claim of Jesus Christ on your child and on you as parents.
To talk about child or adult baptism, please contact our minister, the Rev. Deborah Elliott, at firstname.lastname@example.org
We are pleased to celebrate marriages of people of all sexual orientations and gender identities, and we look forward to discussing your wedding plans with you to determine if St. Mark’s is the right place for you to exchange your vows.
Marriage is a covenant between two people who love each other, who trust that love, and who wish to share their future together in love and faithfulness. In the Christian context, marriage vows are made before God and a gathered community in a service of celebration and worship.
Couples interested in getting married at St. Mark’s United Church can contact the church office at 905-668-3091 to receive an information package. You can also contact our minister, the Rev. Deborah Elliott, at email@example.com to discuss what’s possible. The minister will work with you to discuss marriage and to plan the content of the service and any special requests you may have. Couples can be married in our sanctuary or at an off-site location, as requested.