The Sacrament of Baptism at the Parish of the Ascension is generally administered within the celebration of Holy Eucharist during the 11:00 a.m. Sunday service, and usually held on feast days such as Naming of Jesus, The Presentation of Jesus, The Easter Vigil, Easter I, Pentecost, Transfiguration, Holy Cross, and All Saints. Any inquiries regarding the Sacrament of Baptism may be directed to one of the clergy or by contacting the Church office.
The Sacrament of Baptism follows the Rite as found on page 151 of the Book of Alternative Services. It is combined with the Sacrament of Holy Eucharist, thus welcoming the newly baptised and their families into the whole parish community and the world wide church of God.
Newly baptised persons are presented with a lighted candle, which is lit from the Paschal Candle. The baptismal candle symbolizes Christ - the Light of the World. The baptismal candle reminds us that the light of Christ has entered the child's life. The flame symbolizes the flame of faith which will burn throughout their life. If the newly baptised have older siblings, they are encouraged to bring their own baptismal candle and have it relit at the same time.
Parents and godparents of children to be baptised are required to complete a Preparation Program that has been developed in conjunction with the Parish of the Good Shepherd.
The preparation program is conducted by parishioners Margaret and Eric Yetman, and Jason and Lisa Fancey. The baptismal preparation consists of two one-hour sessions. As well, the families of the newly baptized will be contacted by the clergy for a baptism worship session, and a visit following baptism to deliver the baptismal certificate and to share other information relating to parish activities.