Baptism is one of the sacraments recognised by the Anglican Church. Through baptism we are made children of God, members of Christ’s body the Church, and full participants in the ministry of God throughout the world.
Baptism is the only rite required for full membership of the Church, including entry to the Eucharist (Holy Communion).
Baptism is not:
A ‘heavenly insurance policy’.
A private thanksgiving to God for a child.
Becoming a member of the Church.
Committing one’s child to God.
Becoming a child of God and follower of Christ.
Because becoming a member of the Church is such an important part of baptism, it must take place in a public service of worship (usually the normal Sunday service).
We use one of the three different Marriage Services in the NZ Anglican Prayer Book. Because these are Christian Marriage Services, they are led by an ordained Anglican Priest or other approved ordained minister. Normally, we expect that one of the couple should be baptised in a Christian Church.
The services are based on the NZ Anglican services, but there is a great deal of flexibility in the choice of prayers, readings, music etc. You may have Holy Communion, a Candle Lighting, or other special features you would like to include. These can be discussed with the Priest when arranging the wedding. Both secular and religious readings can be used during the ceremony.
The loss of the dear ones is a sad and traumatic experience. As Christians, we have assurance of faith and hope that the death is not the final goodbye from our dear ones. We share a consolation of eternal life with each other.
If you have lost a dear person and you wish to arrange a Christian funeral, we would like to be near to you and support you in your grief. The standard seervice is found in the NZ Prayer Book, but there are many elements can be included in the service.
Please, call Priest immediately and express your wish to have a funeral and discuss a possible date and time for the service. Contact also any of the local funeral directors to arrange all details.