There are seven sacraments in the Christian Church. They are:
- the beginning of the Christian Journey
2. Holy Communion
- a sharing in Christ's passion, body and blood
- a gift of the Holy Spirit to strengthen the believer
- the mercy of God towards us when he forgives sins
- the uniting of a man and a woman as one
- the anointing of men for the service of God's people
7. Anointing of the sick
- the touch of God through his church for the sick and dying
Sacraments are encounters with God Himself. In the ministry of Jesus we see how God uses ordinary things and ordinary people to do extraordinary things. God uses water in baptism to cleanse us from sin and give us life. In Holy Communion God transforms simple bread and wine into a partaking of the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ. In anointing of the sick with oil, on the forehead and hands, God's Spirit strengthen's people for their journey through life towards eternal life of Heaven.
"The gifts he gave were that some would be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, some pastors and teachers, to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, until all of us come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God." (Ephesians 4:11-13)
Baptism is a wonderful occasion for celebration, because it is through this sacrament that we become members of God's family, the Church. When children are baptised they are done so on the understanding that they will be brought up in the Christian faith, and later they may wish to affirm that faith in the sacrament of Confirmation. For adults, we encourage them to be Confirmed shortly after they are baptised.
If you would like to explore the possibility of being baptised or bringing your child to be baptised, please contact the Parish Priest, Fr Naylor.
If you were baptised as a child, Confirmation gives you the opportunity to affirm the faith that your parents and godparents promised on your behalf. Christians believe that when the bishop lays hands on a person's head at Confirmation they are gifted with the grace of the Holy Spirit. It is a great opportunity to publicly declare your Christian faith.