Common with Protestants worldwide, All Villages recognizes Baptism and the Lord’s Supper as sacraments, given by God as signs of the real presence and power of Christ in the Church, symbols of God’s action.
Baptism “is the sign and seal of incorporation into Christ. Baptism is open to any individual who confesses Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior and to the children of church members. Baptism is the ritual of welcome to the universal church of Jesus Christ, therefore the All Villages recognizes all Baptisms with water in the name of the Father, of the Son and of the Holy Spirit administered by other Christian churches.”
In our congregation the Sacrament of Baptism is celebrated and is preceded by conversations with the pastor. Since baptism is the act of welcome by the whole church, the sacrament is celebrated within the context of Sunday morning worship (with rare exceptions). For more information on baptism, or to inquire about a specific date, you may contact the CHURCH OFFICE.
The Lord’s Supper:
The Lord’s Supper is celebrated once a month. “The Lord’s Supper is the sign and seal of eating and drinking in communion with the crucified and risen Lord.” We have an “open table” meaning that baptized Christians of any denomination or membership are invited to share the sacrament. Our services vary but we serve communion in one of two ways: by passing the bread and individual cups in the pews by officers of the church or by coming forward and receiving the elements by intinction (bread is dipped into the chalice). The Lord’s Supper may also be celebrated at weddings, special services or in the context of a home or hospital visit.