Baptism at the Danish Lutheran Church of Vancouver, B.C.

The Baptismal Font The sacrament of Baptism marks a person’s admission into God’s Holy Universal Church. In baptism you receive God as your heavenly father: you may now call God your Father and can pray Our Father, who art in Heaven…; you receive Jesus Christ as your saviour: when He died on the cross and was resurrected, He also took your sins upon His shoulders that they should not weigh you down forever; you receive the Holy Spirit who will guide you through your life; and you receive God’s promise of life eternal with Him.

At most baptisms, the baptismal candidate is an infant or small child. This illustrates our belief that we are totally dependent on God as children are dependent on those who care for them. We cannot even reach for God; He always reaches out to us.

As we baptise teens and adults, we are still reminded that it is no different just because we have more worldly skills. We still need a place to call Home even if the world turns its back on us. There is great comfort in knowing you are a child of the One.

Contacting the pastor

If you want your child or yourself to be baptised into the Christian faith, please contact our pastor: or 604.525.9894. Together you will set a date for further conversation and one for baptism.

You do not need to be a Dane or have family ties to our church to be baptised here. Baptism of children is usually part of a Sunday Service; most baptisms are in English even if the rest of the service happens to be in Danish.

Meeting the pastor

Before the baptism, our pastor will meet with you, preferably both parents if it is a baptism of a child. You will discuss the practical details surrounding the baptism and walk through the baptismal ritual so you know when to do or say what. Our pastor may also counsel you on how you may go about bringing your child up in the Christian Faith.

Godparents

You choose two to five godparents (also known as sponsors). You honour the godparents with the responsibility of being involved in your child’s Christian upbringing, and they must therefore be baptised Christians. At least two of the godparents must be present at the baptism service.

Godparents do not have any legal rights or responsibilities, but the sponsors, whether the baptismal candidate is infant or older, should remember to pray for their God-child.

The baptismal service

Our address is 6010 Kincaid Street in Burnaby.
If your guests are not regulars in our church, you may want to give them instructions on how to get here. Any children among your guests are welcome to join our Sunday School downstairs, play in the play corner, or stay with their parents as they please.

Afterwards

You will receive a Baptismal Certificate for your child. The certificate is needed in case your child wants to become a voting member of another Canadian church or if (s)he sets up residence in Denmark and wants to join the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Denmark (Folkekirken). In Denmark a Baptismal Certificate (Fødsels- og Dåbsattest) serves as a document of identification; in Canada your certificate has no such status.

Donation

We do not charge a fee for baptism, but donations are always welcome. A collection basket will be passed around during the service after the sermon.