Our Sacraments and Policies
For more information, please contact Rev'd Steve Longmoore or Rev'd Dr. Elizabeth Stevenson.
Baptism is a sacramental act that uses water as the symbol of Spirit’s presence. Through baptism, the church proclaims that we are all beloved of God. The United Church offers baptism to all ages. We believe the gift of God's love doesn't depend on our ability to understand it, so we baptize people as infants right up through adulthood. With children, instruction is given to parents or sponsors to equip them for their child's Christian nurture. During the ceremony, which usually takes place as part of a regular worship service, everyone in the congregation pledges support for the child/children and their parents. Adult candidates for baptism will also be invited to attend adult confirmation instruction.
For more information, please contact Rev’d Steve Longmoore or Rev’d Dr Elizabeth Stevenson.
The United Church of Canada statement of faith, entitled A New Creed, offers these words: “In life, in death, in life beyond death, God is with us. We are not alone.” All of us will experience the passing of acquaintances, close friends and family members. Our ministers and congregation will support you as you grieve and come to terms with the many changes that occur after a death.
Harmony United Church is here to assist you in honouring your loved one and in celebrating the love of God. These pastoral services are an important part of our church's ministry and they are available to all members of the community regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation, ability, family status or economic status. We strive to be sensitive to other faith traditions when friends and family members are from outside the church. We are a Christian congregation, and this fact will be reflected in the services offered. If the deceased or his/her family would like other clergy (minister, priest, rabbi, imam, etc.) to be invited to participate in a funeral or memorial service, such requests should be discussed with the officiating Minister, who can then extend an invitation to the relevant clergy.
Because Harmony United Church understands a Christian funeral/memorial service as the natural extension and completion of a life of faith, we encourage individuals and families to consider holding these faith celebrations within the Sanctuary. Our ministers, however, will also consider requests to officiate at, or otherwise participate in, funeral and memorial services held in funeral-home chapels and other appropriate locations.
For more information please contact Rev’d Steve Longmoore or Rev’d Dr. Elizabeth Stevenson.