Oakville Presbyterian Church Sacraments

What is Baptism?

Baptism is the sacrament of initiation into the Christian life. The washing with water in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost is the sign and seal of a person’s inclusion in the covenant of God’s people and union with the risen Christ. Thus, baptism, whether of an adult or a child, is a response to what God is already doing in that person’s life. This highlights the fundamental Presbyterian conviction that God always takes the initiative in redeeming us and that we are saved by God’s grace through faith. Neither the act of baptism, nor the decision to be baptized, confers salvation; both of these are responses to God’s grace already given and at work in one’s life.

I am an adult and not baptized. What must I do to be baptized?

Is it possible to be baptized but not join the church?

Are private baptisms permitted?

I would like to join Oakville, but I was baptized as a Catholic (or Methodist, Eastern Orthodox, etc.). Do I need to be baptized again?

Do I have to be baptized to take communion?

How can I arrange for my child to be baptized?

What is Communion?

Communion or the “Lord’s Supper” is the sign and seal of eating and drinking in communion with the crucified and risen Lord. During his earthly ministry Jesus shared meals with his followers as a sign of community and acceptance and as an occasion for his own ministry.

In his last meal before his death, Jesus took and shared with his disciples the bread and wine, speaking of them as his body and blood, signs of a new covenant. He commended breaking bread and sharing a cup to remember and proclaim his death.

At Oakville communion is a time of prayer, worship, and sharing unleavened bread and grape juice. We practice open communion, and all baptized believers are welcome at the table. Communion is celebrated on the first Sunday of each month during the worship service.