In the United Church of Canada, baptism means four things:

We celebrate Grace: God’s gift of love that comes freely to each person, comes freely to the one baptized.

We make a covenant: God has promised to be our God, and in baptism the one being baptized promises to be one of God’s people.

We recognize that the person belongs: In baptism, we become a member of the Christian church, and promise to work as part of the congregation.

We celebrate the birth of a child.         

(SOURCE: Eager for Worship by Charlotte Caron (The United Church of Canada, 2000))