In Baptism, we affirm that even before we know it or can respond, we belong to God. God’s forgiving love is given to us freely and is not something we can earn. A person may receive the sacrament of baptism as an infant or as an adult. An adult receiving baptism is asked to affirm their faith with the following questions:
When a child is baptized, the parents answer the above questions on behalf of the child, until the child is old enough to confirm these faith questions for themselves. The following question is added:
In Communion, we are made one with Christ and Christ’s body, the church. In the Presbyterian service of Holy Communion, participants usually pass the bread and wine from person to person—a symbol of each person serving as a priest (servant) to the other person. We believe that each Christian has direct access to God through worship, prayer, personal confession, and the study of Scripture.
Generally Communion is celebrated at First Presbyterian Church on the first Sunday of each month at worship and also on Maundy Thursday (the Thursday before Easter) and at other special services throughout the year.