The Communion Service
Communion (or Eucharist as it is sometimes called) is a 'sacrament' (a holy ritual to symbolize grace) in the Christian tradition
that is traced back to Jesus himself. Jesus told all his followers to be involved in this special remembrance ceremony in which Jesus
adapts the Jewish Passover ceremony to make it about Jesus himself and what he is about to do in his death and resurrection
for all of humanity.
The Communion Service is a time when in a special way, we remember this death and resurrection of Jesus for our forgiveness.
We use not only our sense of hearing as the Word of God (the Bible) is read aloud and in listening to the sermon as the bible is explained
and applied, but in eating the bread and wine, we also use our senses of taste, touch and smell. We do this together as a church
and we do it until Jesus comes back. So in the Communion Service we look back, we look around and look forward. We look back
and reflect on what Jesus has done for us on the cross 2000 years ago. We look around and see that we are part of God at work
in history through his people those whom we share church with and we look forward to Jesus coming back to the world as he promised.
In the case of infant baptism, the Anglican practice is to link this with Confirmation. Confirmation marks the point in the Christian journey
where those who have been baptised as children make a firm commitment to Christian discipleship for themselves.
The public confession of faith is done during a usual church service in the presence of an Anglican Bishop.
During the Confirmation Service, the bishop prays individually for each person being Confirmed. Confirmation is a step of entering
into membership of the Anglican Church as well.
Confirmation Services occur annually, usually the first Sunday in November. Confirmation preparation classes are available,
usually commencing in September and take about 8 weeks.