Sacraments and Rites
At Leslie Congregational United Church of Christ, we believe a person is incorporated into the universal church, the body of Christ, through the sacrament of baptism. The water, words, and actions of the sacrament are visible signs that convey the Christian's burial and resurrection with Jesus Christ (Romans 6:3-4). The invocation of the Holy Spirit upon the water and upon the candidates for baptism is an affirmation that it is God who takes the initiative in the sacrament. It is "a sign and seal of our common discipleship. Through baptism, Christians are brought into union with Christ, with each other and with the church in every time and place."
At Leslie Congregational United Church of Christ, people are baptized either as children or adults. Baptism with water and the Holy Spirit is the mark of their acceptance into the care of Christ's church, the sign and seal of their participation in God's forgiveness, and the beginning of their new growth into full Christian faith and life.
When an infant or young child is baptized, one or both parents promise to assume certain responsibilities for the Christian nurture of the baptized child. Those who are baptized at an early age are given an opportunity in their youth to make a personal profession of faith through Confirmation.
Baptism is not only a personal celebration in the lives of the individual candidates and their families, but also a central celebration in the life of Leslie Congregational United Church of Christ. For this reason, baptism is celebrated in the presence of the community gathered for worship.
One of the parents of the child must be a member in good standing of Leslie Congregational United Church of Christ. Parents must meet with the Pastor prior to Baptism. The Pastor will meet with the family at least once to become familiar with the family, to ensure that they understand the meaning and accept the responsibilities of baptism, and to familiarize them with the format of the baptismal service. Please contact the Church Office for additional information and to begin the process.
Holy Communion - "The Lord's Supper"
Open to all who confess Jesus as Lord and Savior.
We celebrate Holy Communion on the first sunday of every month. Everyone is welcome at the Lord's table.
We enter into the Body of Christ through the Sacrament of Baptism. Confirmation follows Baptism and is an affirmation of that experience. Confirmands prepare to accept Christ into their lives through study, worship, and service.
Among the requirements are regular worship attendance and service activities.