What are Sacraments?

God created us to know and love him—and he created the physical world as the means by which we could do so. Through sin we have all rejected God’s love, but God has done everything necessary to reconcile us to himself through Jesus’ death and resurrection. He now offers salvation freely to all who entrust themselves to Jesus as their Savior and Lord. 

God still uses the physical world as the means by which we encounter him. Alongside the words of God found in the Holy Bible, God has provided the Sacraments as means by which those who trust in Christ can experience his transforming power. Sacraments are visible manifestations of God’s invisible grace. They are works done by Jesus for his church, not something we do for him.


Baptism

One of the fundamental missions of the Church is to make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. In Baptism, we are united with Christ in his death, and thus also have a share in his resurrected life. 

Baptism is available to everybody. Please contact the church office if you are desiring to be baptized. 


Eucharist

It has been said that the Eucharist is the "source and summit" of the Christian life. We couldn't agree more. As we feed on Christ in Holy Communion we are nourished and strengthened for the Kingdom work that God has in store for his Church. 

We welcome all baptized Christians, regardless of denominational background to receive Communion in our regular weekly services on Saturdays at 5pm. 


Confirmation

After entering into our baptismal covenant with God, we are called to receive the laying of hands from the Bishop, following the tradition of the Apostles. In Confirmation, God enriches and strengthens the work of the Holy Spirit in our lives.

All baptized Christians roughly twelve years of age and older are strongly encouraged to be confirmed. Please contact the church office for more info. 


Anointing of the Sick

All Christians can and should pray for the healing of those who are ill. In addition to this normal ministry of the Church, those facing more serious illnesses of body or mind, or impending surgery, are invited to receive the Sacrament of Anointing from a priest.

Anointing is available to all baptized Christians. Our regular weekly time to receive this Sacrament is on Saturdays from 3:45pm  to 4:30pm in Fr. Kevin's office, located in the Annex at Bethel Church. Appointments can also be made, please contact the church office. 


Confession

If you are burdened with guilt, you don't have to carry it alone. In the Sacrament of Confession, you are able to confess your sins to God in the presence of a priest, receive counsel and comfort, and encounter the power of God's forgiveness. Confessions are always completely confidential. 

Confession is available to all baptized Christians. Our regular weekly time to receive this Sacrament is on Saturdays from 3:45pm to 4:30pm in Fr. Kevin's office, located in the Annex at Bethel Church. Appointments can also be made, please contact the church office. 


Marriage

Marriage is the lifelong covenant between man and woman instituted by God for the good of the husband and wife, and for the procreation of children. This covenantal union represents the relationship that Christ has with his Church and all who enter into it are called to the same self-giving love and faithfulness that we see on display in Jesus' commitment to his people.

Please contact us if you wish to be married in the Church. 


Ordination

Even though as God's people we are all called to be a kingdom of priests, we believe that God calls and sets aside ordained ministers in his Church. Through the laying on of the bishop's hands, God consecrates and empowers with the Holy Spirit those called to serve Christ in the ministry of Word and Sacrament. 

Please contact us if you sense that God might be calling you into ordained ministry.