Weddings, Baptisms, FUNERALS
A Life Milestone
Baptism is a symbolic action that signifies the new life God gives us as we join the church community.
Baptism uses water as a symbolic cleansing that signifies the acceptance of new life within the church family. The sacrament of baptism is the single rite of initiation into the Christian community, the church.
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 the child's Christian nurture. During the ceremony, everyone in the congregation pledges support for the child and his or her parents.
Baptism is not a requirement for God's love. We believe people who die without baptism are in no way condemned, lost, or damned.
Baptism in the United Church is recognized by all denominations of the Christian church that practise infant baptism. Similarly, if people have already been baptized in another church, the United Church recognizes their baptism and welcomes them as Christians.
To plan your baptism, or the baptism of your child, contact the church office at (905) 728-8143.
Simcoe Street United Church is the perfect place for you to begin a committed life together in a marriage, even if you’ve never attended our church.
Simcoe Street United Church boasts a unique venue for your wedding. Our Sanctuary, a designated historic building constructed in 1867, is the oldest public building in Oshawa. With its 3000 pipe Casavant organ, 36’ ornamental timber arches and a pressed tin ceiling, your wedding will truly be one of a kind.
Our Sanctuary can accommodate up to 700 people on the upper and lower levels yet can still provide an intimate setting for smaller weddings too.
The Current fee to have a wedding at Simcoe Street United Church is:
$675 in the Sanctuary
$600 in the Chapel
This amount includes fees for the Sanctuary, the Minister, the Organist, the Wedding Co-ordinator, the wedding seminar and administration fees. To have our Minister perform a wedding at another location, the fee is $250.
Contact the Simcoe Street United Church office today for more information, or to book your wedding. (905) 728-8143.
Celebration of life ~ Funerals
Death is a time for grieving, for compassion, for understanding, and for faith.
Our minister and our pastoral care team want to walk with you through this difficult time. We recognize that the passing away of a loved one is a delicate time and that the grieving process is different for everyone. We respect your needs and the wishes of your loved ones and offer ourselves to provide accompaniment and spiritual care.
The United Church believes that by His resurrection and exaltation, Christ stands victorious over death and all evil, and that He fills those who commit themselves to Him with such grace and strength that in Him they, too, are conquerors. So we acknowledge the unmerited love and the mercy of our God in giving His only-begotten Son that we might not perish but have everlasting life. Therefore we do not believe that death is the ending, but rather a threshold over which we must all cross. In God, there is life and life after death.
While we have space for funerals in our church, our minister also performs funerals in the funeral homes in Oshawa and the surrounding area. If you are looking for someone to walk with you through this time, please contact the church office at (905) 728-8143 and we will put you in touch with our minister.