Sustaining ourselves for the journey
The sacrament of Holy Communion, commonly called by its alternative name the Eucharist, is at the heart of the Christian spiritual life. It combines the communal sharing of individual members of the body of Christ with the personal encounter of the individual with Christ, through the recollection of his own sacrificial death and celebration of the promise of the resurrection. In this way it joins the present day Church with the body of Christ that has worshiped through the ages and in many places; providing individual sustenance and a source of corporate growth. When members of the Church are unable to gather physically it has been the Church’s tradition that communion be taken to them by fellow Christians. In this way, although at a different time and in a different place, they can take part in the same physical celebration of the eucharist. From the earliest decades of the Church’s life this has been a task given to those exercising the ministry of deacon and, in the Church of England, this means that this has been a key part of the ministry of Deacons and Licensed Lay Ministers, who have more recently been joined by Lay Pastoral Assistants.
It is important to see confirmation as a part of your journey in faith in Christ and not in isolation. A confirmation course is a good way to explore your faith with others who are thinking about confirmation and is a safe place to ask any questions you have about God, Jesus and the journey of faith.
To find out more information about Confirmation please call Rev’d Nick Brown on 01507 603213
Ministry of Healing and Reconciliation (including Confession and Unction)
There are particular occasions when an individual needs the sacramental ministry of a priest, either to provide reconciliation or healing through the sacraments of Confession and Anointing. In particular, this is a ministry that is often found necessary towards the end of a Christian’s pilgrimage through life and, as such, is a key part of the pastoral work of many clergy who are ordained as priests.