In accordance with the teaching of our Lord and the practice prevailing among evangelical Christians, the United Church of Christ recognizes two sacraments: Baptism and the Lord’s Supper or Holy Communion.
–From the Preamble of the Constitution of the United Church of Christ
Baptism at North Church
If you are interested in having your child baptized you must attend a service of worship at North Church and speak with the pastor in person.
The Sacrament of Baptism takes place in the context of Sunday morning worship.
The members of North Church take seriously the commitment, which they make, as do parents, in the liturgy of the sacrament that they will assist in the raising of a child in the Christian faith. To that end, parents requesting Baptism for a child will be counseled that it is important to be involved in a faith community. That community may not be North Church, but some assurance that there is an intention to provide a child with a church family is important.
Youth who have not been baptized generally receive the sacrament at the time of their Confirmation. Adults who have not been baptized generally receive the sacrament as they join in covenant membership.
Here at North Church we keep in mind that Jesus invited everyone to eat with him. In keeping with the institution of Holy Communion (also called The Lord’s Supper or Eucharist which means “thanksgiving”) during Jesus’ last supper with his disciples the Table is open to all “who wish to know the presence of Christ and to share in the community of God’s people.” (UCC Book of Worship)
Holy Communion is generally celebrated at North Church on the first Sunday of each month and Maundy Thursday during Holy Week. Children, who receive instruction about Communion each year in Church School, are welcome at the Table at the discretion of their parents.