Sacraments & Traditions

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"The Lord will save me, and we will sing to stringed instruments all the days of our life, at the house of the Lord." ~ Isaiah, 38:20

Holy Baptism

Baptism is the ancient sacrament by which one becomes a member of the Church, the family of Christ. This includes souls of all ages, for there is indisputable historical evidence that from earliest times Christians baptized children as well as adults. In our Anglican tradition, if one has already been baptized in another denomination – in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit – we accept that baptism as a valid testimony of your Christian status. Baptism is thus the only prerequisite for being a member of Christchurch.

If you are interested in being baptized, or have a child that you would like to have baptized, simply contact the parish office or a member of the clergy. Of course, any and everyone, whether baptized or not, is welcome to actively take part in the life and activities of Christchurch.

Confirmation

Confirmation is the sacramental rite by which believers reaffirm those vows made for them earlier by godparents or by themselves at their baptism. Those who have already been Confirmed by the laying-on-of-hands by a bishop need not be confirmed again. Instead, in our tradition, they are Received by our bishop when he makes his annual visit to Christchurch. Confirmation classes for adults and teens fifteen years and older are offered once a year, approximately six or seven weeks before the Confirmation Sunday. Our Confirmation Class schedule for new adult members this year is as follows:

Holy Eucharist

The sacrament of the Lord’s Supper is Christ’s promised presence in our worship life, the one liturgical act He told His followers to keep doing in His Name.  At Christchurch, as in all Anglican churches, we receive Holy Communion in both kinds, both Bread and Cup. All baptized Christians – including visitors, guests and children of every age – are welcome to share in our sacramental life. Our liturgy is called by its historic Greek name “Eucharist” – which means thanksgiving – because it is our collective way of saying “Thank You” to a loving God.

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Acolytes

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The Acolyte ministry finds its origins in Old Testament times. The Scriptures tell of the prophet Samuel assisting Eli the priest and of Eli being assisted by Elisha. The New Testament illustrates early Christian adoption of this custom, which has been carried forward to the present day.  The word ”acolyte” comes from the Greek word “akolouthos”, which means a servant or attendant who waits on another. Click here for the current Acolyte schedule.

In the Anglican tradition, Acolytes actively assist the priests in the worship of Almighty God. The Book of Common Prayer states, “At all celebrations of the Liturgy, it is fitting that the principal celebrant...be assisted by other priests, and by deacons and lay persons.” The Acolyte is a very important part of our worship at Christchurch.

Altar Guild

A special lay group of women charged with assisting the clergy in the maintenance and preparation of the altar and its furnishings, church decorations and flowers. The Altar Guild also cares for the vestments, linens and vessels used in worship.

 

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Chalice Bearers

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More information coming soon

Lay Readers

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These commissioned laity assist our ordained clergy in administering Holy Communion during worship. They are also trained to administer the Eucharist to shut-ins or those otherwise physically unable to attend church.

This ministry helps foster the growth of Christchurch by enabling us to minister personally to greater numbers of people than we could do otherwise – drawing the “body of Christ” the members of the church, closer together in this sharing of His Body and Blood. Click here for the current Lay Reader schedule.

Ushers

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Our ushers are here to serve us in many ways during our Sunday morning worship services. Click here for the current Ushers Schedule.

 

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Last Published: June 25, 2015 10:33 PM

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