“And this water symbolizes baptism that now saves you also — not the removal of dirt from the body but the pledge of a clear conscience toward God. It saves you by the resurrection of Jesus Christ.”
- 1 Peter 3:21 (NIV)
Jessica shares her story of renewing her faith and commitment to Jesus Christ while attending the Alpha Course. Water Baptism was a natural next step, and an outward confession of the change she felt in her heart.
How Do I Sign Up?
Every first Saturday of the month
October – April: Indoor Water Baptism at 1160 West Georgia St
May – September: Outdoor Water Baptism at English Bay
Complete Online Registration
Attend Pre-Baptism Class
Once the form has been submitted you’ll be invited to attend a short pre-baptism class with other candidates.
Join Us in the Water!
Lastly, we’ll take that step into the water together and make a public confession of your faith.
People often have questions regarding baptism: Why be baptized? Should I be baptized again? Will I have to say anything? These questions and more are answered below.
What is baptism?
Should I be baptized?
At Coastal Church we value the importance of water baptism for every believer. It is a significant milestone in every Christian’s life, and something that can be shared and witnessed by friends and loved ones. A typical water baptism at Coastal Church will usually have a mixture of people. It’s a time where different ages, genders and cultures can come together in a celebration of what God has done in their lives.
Should I be baptized again?
Your baptism should have signified you becoming a follower of Jesus, beginning a changed life, and uniting with a new family. If your baptism did not reflect this change of life, then you should be baptized again.
Will i have to say anything?
The Saturday of water baptism, one of the pastors at Coastal Church will conduct a special baptism class to explain its meaning and answer any questions. Baptism takes place at English Bay or indoors at the Downtown Campus. At the baptismal service, a pastor will introduce you and then ask you if you have accepted Jesus Christ as your personal Saviour. You will then be briefly lowered into the water, afterwards you may leave the water, dry off, and watch the others. Later you will be mailed a certificate of your baptism. We encourage you to invite all your relatives and friends to attend your baptism.
Other than stating publicly that you have accepted Christ you are not required to say anything. You will be given to opportunity to give a brief testimony, but the choice is yours.
Can my child or infant be baptized?
We will baptize anyone over age 7 who understands what baptism symbolizes and wants to make that personal public declaration. We encourage any parents to partner with our Coastal Kids and Coastal Youth ministries to guide your children through these decisions of faith.
We understand that some churches practice “baptism of confirmation” for children. This ceremony is intended to be a commitment between the parents and God on the behalf of the child. The parents promise to raise their child in the faith until the child is old enough to make his or her own personal confession of Christ. This custom began about 300 years after the Bible was completed and is different from the biblical examples of new believers being baptized to publicly profess their faith in Jesus.
Can my family be baptized together?
Yes! If each family member understands fully the meaning of baptism, and each one has personally placed his/her trust in Christ for salvation, we encourage families to be baptized at the same time. It is a wonderful expression of commitment. Young children who wish to be baptized are asked to meet with our Minister of Children for a pre-baptism conversation.
However, it is important to remember that baptism is a personal statement of faith, not a family tradition. It is usually not wise to delay your baptism while waiting on other family members to accept Christ, particularly children. This puts an undue pressure on them, and delays your obedience.