Celebrating the Sacraments

The Lord’s Supper
The sacrament of the Lord’s Supper is celebrated on the first Sunday of each month and on other particularly significant days in the church year.

We believe that this is the Table of the Lord and not of any particular denomination.
At our worship services, all those who believe in Jesus Christ  as Lord and Savior are invited to receive Communion.
With the concurrence of their parents, children of our congregation who have been baptized are free to receive the elements;
all children are also served a grape during the Communion service.

Baptism
In baptism, administered only once in a lifetime, we are cleansed from sin, enter into the life and death of Jesus, and are received into a new community or family of faith.

Presbyterians baptize infants of families in which at least one parent is a church member.
We also baptize adults who confess their faith in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior.

Reception into membership in the church
On Communion Sundays we receive new members into our fellowship.
They are received by baptism, by reaffirmation of faith, or by transfer of membership from another church, after a period of study under the guidance of the pastor.
They make a public confession that they renounce evil and its power and turn to Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior.
They promise to be Christ’s faithful disciples, obeying his Word and showing his love as long as they shall live.
They make a commitment to share in the church’s ministry through their prayers and gifts, their study and service.

Acts of the whole church
At both the Lord’s Supper and Baptism, the pastor presides but elders/deacons participate.
These are acts of the whole church.

The pastor is ready to talk at any time with those who seek baptism for themselves or their children or who wish to become members of West End Church.

To read teachings about the Lord’s Supper, click here.
To read words that may help you think about why we baptize children, click here.