The Sacrament of Holy Baptism
Baptism is defined in the Book of Common Prayer as full Initiation by water and the Holy Spirit into Christ's Body The Church. This sacrament is offered within the context of the celebration of the Eucharist on prescribed days in accordance with the Church calendar. This is to allow the entire community to accept responsibility for nurturing of the newly baptized and to welcome them into the household of God. The Guild of The Christ Child staff should be contacted to secure Baptism forms and to schedule an appointment for counseling and preparation before Baptism. In the case of infants all parents and Godparents must be baptized persons, and actively practicing Christians, within a Christian community, with a least one being an active Episcopalian.
The Sacrament of Confirmation
It is required of those to be confirmed that they have been Baptized, are sufficiently instructed in the Christian faith, are penitent for their sins, and are ready to affirm their confession of Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior. This Sacrament is administered by a Bishop at a celebration of the Holy Eucharist. Confirmation classes are held during the year in preparation of receiving the Sacrament.
The Sacrament of Matrimony
We believe marriage to be a most important and sacred action in God's creation requiring the utmost preparation of the couple, and the prayers and support of the community. It is an exciting time and an event well deserving the lifting up of God's blessings, and sharing with the church's membership. Arrangements should be made at least four months in advance of the event, allowing time for premarital counseling sessions.