Tapestry of people receiving baptism while dove files aboveBaptism is the sign of new life in Christ and is a rite of acceptance into the community of Christ-followers. Water is blessed and poured over the head of the baptized, in the name of Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Then, the person is “christened” — marked with holy oil to signify they are Christ’s own, newly born into the life of his Church.

While it is customary to designate three or four Sundays in the church calendar for baptisms, they may also be arranged singly. Please contact the church office for more information.

Baptism of Infants and Children

It is important for the baptism of your child to occur when the community gathers, so normally, baptism is scheduled on Sunday morning during a worship gathering. If you would like to have your child baptized at St. John’s, please contact the church office to make an appointment with a member of our clergy team (416-225-6611). There is always some preparation required before baptism, which includes the expectation of church attendance and involvement.

Baptism of Adults

As with the baptism of infants and children, the baptism of adults normally occurs as part of the regular worship life of the parish. If you are considering deepening your commitment to your life in Christ and would like to be baptized, please call the office to arrange a time to discuss your next steps with a member of our clergy team.

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