Baptism and Communion

Two of the regular Sacraments in the Presbyterian Church are Baptism and Communion. These are times the church believes have been set aside by God as important for a life of faith. The Sacraments are signs of God’s very real presence and the power of Christ in a believer's life.  Through the Sacraments, God seals believers in redemption, renews their identity as the people of God, and marks them for service in God’s creation.

Baptism

Baptism is the sacrament of entrance into the community of faith.  Presbyterians baptize adults on their profession of faith and the infants of adult members. A quarterly baptism class is offered to prepare adults and parents of infants for this special event.  Children are baptized as infants in response to God’s love for them, and will speak for themselves when they attend Confirmation Class during sixth and seventh grade.  Baptism is celebrated in the community of faith during a time of worship.  Parents must be people of faith and active members of the church.  Often individuals who grew up in the Westminster community of faith desire to return to have their child baptized here, in which case the parents must provide the name of the church of which they are currently members and to which a baptismal certificate will be forwarded.

Communion

Communion (The Lord’s Supper) is a reminder of the last meal Christ ate with his disciples and how, after his resurrection, he made himself known in broken bread and shared cup.  In communion, we bless God for all God has done for us, we give thanks for God’s work in the world, and we look forward to the coming of God’s kingdom.  Through communion, we are renewed and empowered by the memory of Christ’s life, death and resurrection, we are sustained by Christ’s pledge of undying love and constant presence, and we are sealed in God’s covenant of grace.  In this knowledge, we invite all who claim Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior to take communion with us at Westminster.  Communion is celebrated during all worship services on the first weekend of each month.