Baptisms, First Communion and Confirmation
You can ask our clergy about arrangements for Baptism, admission to Holy Communion or Confirmation. Some planning is always needed. These are important steps in the life of a Christian, and classes or discussions about the significance of the step being taken are held to prepare for it.
Baptism is the sacrament that signifies the cleansing that Jesus' death makes possible, and the new life that God gives us by the Holy Spirit. The Anglican Church baptises children and adults.
The baptism of children usually takes place within our regular Sunday worshipping communities at either 7.30 or 10am. However, special smaller baptismal services may also be held at 12 noon, on 2nd and 4th Sundays of each month.
A service of Thanksgiving for a Child is also available to celebrate the birth of a child (without a baptism).
ADULTS AND TEENS
Teen or adult baptisms also take place within our regular Sunday worshipping communities at either 7.30 or 10am, or at a special baptismal service at 12 noon, on 2nd and 4th Sundays of each month.
However, candidates for baptism aged 15 or above are usually confirmed at the same time, so adult baptisms are often organised around a Confirmation Service.
Admission to Holy Communion
Baptised Christians aged 8 or above
may be admitted to the sacrament of Holy Communion.
This is recognised through a special service for admission to Holy Communion, taking place within our regular Sunday worshipping communities at either 7.30 or 10am.
Baptised Christians aged 15 or above may be confirmed. This is where Christians confirm the promises that were made for them at baptism.
It is also a way that Christians who come from another tradition might become members of the Anglican Church.
Confirmation is always conducted by a bishop, and so (depending on the bishop's availability) we usually hold only one Confirmation Service each year.