The Sacraments of the church are: Baptism, Eucharist, Confirmation, Confession, Marriage, Ordination, and Unction
The primary sacraments of the church are Baptism and Eucharist (also called the Lord ’s Supper or The Mass)
Baptism is the initiation rite into the church.
Baptism for infants
Infant and children's baptisms are offered at the two primary worship services on Sundays on the great feasts of the church year, the First Sunday after Christmas, the first Sunday after Easter, Pentecost (May or June) and All Saints Sunday (around the 1st of November) We also do infant baptisms on the Sunday of Labor Day weekend.
Parents who wish their child to be baptized will need to attend a retreat in preparation. This short workshop on baptism is fun, informative, and helpful to parents and god parents. Parents love the opportunity to meet other young parents in the parish, and report that it was just the “faith boost” they needed to begin that important ministry of parenting. There you will learn about the purpose of baptism, how to create a Christian home, and to stay connected to your spouse. If you would like to get your child baptized you need to contact Rhonda in the church office. She will let you know about the next scheduled baptism retreat day.
Baptism for Adults
Baptism for adults happens each year at the Easter Vigil (Saturday night before Easter). The entire parish welcomes the newly baptized among us, will pray for you, and will promise to share in ministry with, as well as bear your burdens and share your joys. It is an amazing process to be initiated into the Body of Christ. There is mandatory class in preparation for baptism. If you are interested in being baptized please contact one of the priests of the parish.
Holy Eucharist: Communion, The Lord’s Supper, or the Mass
Each of our four Weekend worship services includes the sacrament of Eucharist.
Here are some frequently asked questions about Eucharist:
Can I receive Communion at Worship?
The Episcopal Church practices an open communion. Whenever Communion is offered in our church, all baptized Christians, no matter the denomination, are welcome to receive both the bread and the wine.
How do I receive communion?
All baptized Christians, even small children, may receive communion. You may stand or kneel at the altar to receive communion. To receive the sacrament simply put your hands out, one on top of the other, palms up, and a priest will place a round host in your hands. You may receive the wine after by intinction (dipping the host in the wine) or taking a sip of the wine. If you are not baptized, place your arms in a crossed position over your chest and the clergy will say a brief prayer of blessing on you. If your child is too young or not yet baptized, the clergy will say a brief prayer of blessing on them as well.