What is a sacrament?
We understand a sacrament to be an outward and visible sign of an inward and invisible grace. That grace is offered by God and thus all people whether male, female, trans*, non-binary or any other possible presentation, are encouraged to come as you are, as God created you to be. If you are unsure, questioning and/or interested in participating in the sacramental life of the community, please speak with Rev. Chris.
The sacrament of Baptism is an opportunity to welcome a newcomer into the Christian Church as represented by the people of our parish. As such it is typically celebrated within the context of regular worship at times of the year appropriate to the themes of Baptism. Ideal times include: the Baptism of Jesus (typically the second Sunday in January), the Easter Vigil and during the Easter Season, Harvest Thanksgiving and the Celebration of All Saints (Nov. 1st). Preparation preceding the celebration includes activities, a parish companion to act as a liaison between the candidates, their families and the congregations, and a presentation of the candidates in worship.
Please contact Rev. Chris at the church office (519- 776-7711) if you are interested in the Sacrament of Baptism.
As an Anglican Church we celebrate Holy Communion during worship on most Sundays throughout the year. Communion can be a grace-filled opportunity to experience God’s loving presence through the Body of Christ. To help young people better understand the meaning associated with this action we offer a special program aimed at those who are ready and interested in receiving Communion for the first time and those who have been receiving but would like a fuller understanding of what it is they are doing. Please contact Rev. Chris at the church office (519-776-7711) if you would like more information about this program.
The sacrament of Confirmation provides an opportunity for candidates to profess their faith as mature individuals and make a commitment to live a Christian life following the example of Jesus and inspired by the gifts of the Holy Spirit. Confirmation is celebrated by the Bishop and is typically offered on a yearly basis as a deanery event. Please contact Rev. Chris for more information about future opportunities to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation.
During the Confirmation celebration, opportunities are also available for individuals who were previously Confirmed in another Christian tradition and have since found themselves at home in the Anglican Church to be formally welcomed to the Anglican Faith by the Bishop through “Reception”. As well, those who are professed Anglicans but for whatever reasons feel a need to Reaffirm their faith can do so through a celebration of Reaffirmation. Please contact Rev. Chris at 519-776-7711 for more information.
The sacrament of marriage is a sacred opportunity for a couple to profess their love and commitment for each other before God and the congregation gathered. It is a beautiful way to remember that all love comes from God and that our love for each other as married couples is strengthened and nourished through our participation in community life including that expressed in worship.
It is a requirement of the Anglican Church in this area that all couples married by our clergy participate in some form of marriage preparation (e.g., private counselling, marriage preparation weekend or class). Those interested in having an Anglican marriage ceremony at St. Paul’s or Trinity churches are encouraged to contact Rev. Chris at least 6 months prior to the ceremony to provide sufficient time for preparation.
Anointing of the Sick
During times of illness it is important to know God’s loving presence. The Anglican tradition offers an opportunity for those who are experiencing illness or are close to death to participate in special prayers and be anointed with oil as a sign of our connection to a loving, forgiving God. Please contact Rev. Chris if you or someone you know could use an intimate opportunity to experience God’s presence in the midst of illness.
Poor choices, mistakes, sins can weigh heavy on our hearts. It can be particularly healing to confess our sins and experience God’s loving forgiveness in an intimate way. The Anglican tradition thus offers opportunities for individual confession and reconciliation. Please speak to Rev. Chris to arrange a time for reconciliation.
Following an appropriate period of training and discernment, the Anglican tradition includes rituals for the ordination of deacons (individuals who are called to a particular ministry within the Church which could include pastoral care, street ministry, chaplaincy, etc), priests (individuals who are called to administer the sacraments in the service of God’s people) and Bishops (who provide leadership for the Churches in a Diocese). If you feel called to ordained ministry, please speak with Rev. Chris about what you might do to pursue this further.