The Sacrament of the Holy Eucharist (Holy Communion) is a holy time of worship when we come together as one body to remember and celebrate what Christ did for us. We observe Communion because the Lord told us to: “And when he had given thanks, he broke it and said, “This is my body, which is for you; do this in remembrance of me.” 1 Corinthians 11:24 (NIV) In observing Communion we are remembering Christ and all that He has done for us in his life, death and resurrection. The Eucharist is open to everyone, of any age, who has been baptised and who seeks to be reconciled with God and neighbour. By regular participation we are empowered to exercise our baptismal vows.
The Sacrament of Baptism is our initiation into the Christian faith as followers of Jesus and full members of the church. Vows to adhere to Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour are made by parents for a child being baptised or by adults themselves being baptised. Inquiries about baptism should be directed to the clergy. Baptism Services are held on fixed dates throughout the year. Candidates for baptism are presented (in the case of infants and children) or present themselves (in the case of adults) at the 10 am Sunday Eucharist six weeks prior to the Baptism Service. In the intervening weeks, parents and sponsors and adult candidates are prepared for the sacrament by a team of clergy and laity.
Reconciliation (Penance). Confession of sin accompanied with a declaration of absolution is normally offered when we assemble for times of corporate worship. Our clergy remain accessible by appointment for persons who seek to make a confession and to receive the declaration of absolution with private counsel and direction.
Confirmation. We are initiated into the life of Christ as followers of Jesus and full members of the church in the sacrament of baptism. This covenant relationship is renewed when we receive Holy Communion within the Eucharist, when we witness occasions of baptism, and when our bishop gathers us for this purpose. Our bishop may offer the sacrament of confirmation to any who are baptized and wish to publicly declare their Christian faith.
Marriage Preparation is prescribed for those couples wishing to have their marriage solemnised in the church. A brochure outlining the requirements for marriage in the church is available from the church office. Couples are directed to a weekend marriage preparation course offered by the Anglican churches in the K-W area. There are normally three such weekends offered during the year (fall, winter, and spring).
Christian Burial. The death of a loved one is a traumatic time for all concerned. The clergy are here to offer practical direction and spiritual support. Members of the parish community are encouraged to hold the funeral liturgy within the church. The church is also available for a reception.
Twice during the year, a special Eucharist of Thanksgiving is held to remember and give thanks for the life and witness of those who have died in recent months. Following the service, refreshments are served, and a short presentation and discussion is held in order to assist and uphold those who are grieving.
Our Memorial Garden is a place to celebrate and memorialize life. To this end, the Garden may be used as a place for the interment of ashes and a place to meditate and to reflect in peace and tranquility.
For more information contact the office at (519) 743-0228.