Baptism and Communion
At First Parish we recognize two sacraments, baptism and communion. A sacrament is an outward and visible sign of God’s grace. In other words, when we participate in sacraments we are reminding ourselves that God reaches out to us in love and calls us by name.
Baptism is a sacrament in which the community of faith gathers and names and affirms that God has called someone by name. The person or parent’s of a child (if the child is too small to answer for themselves) being baptized comes in front of the congregation and vows to be in relationship with God and the community. Likewise the community vows to be in relationship with the person being baptized and to support his or her faith formation. After taking vows, the pastor puts water on the head of the person being baptized as a symbol of the promises made and the holy spirit.
At First Parish we celebrate communion on the first Sunday of every month.