The Episcopal Church believes that “Holy Baptism is full initiation by water and the Holy Spirit into Christ’s Body the Church.” (BCP, p. 298). Hence Baptism is the only requirement for receiving communion. However, some understanding is often desired. The Rector meets periodically with parents and their young children to begin the process of understanding the significance of Holy Communion.
“In the course of their Christian development, those baptized at an early age are expected, when they are ready and have been duly prepared, to make a mature public affirmation of their faith and commitment to the responsibilities of their Baptism and to receive the laying on of hands by a bishop.”(BCP, p. 412) The preparation for Confirmation is scheduled when a date for the bishop’s visitation is set. This class is designed for those coming to the Episcopal church from other faith traditions, for those desiring a refresher course on the Episcopal church, and for all those desiring to live more faithfully the promises of Baptism.
Unbinding the Gospel
St. Monica’s is one of several thousand churches participating in Unbinding the Gospel. Unbinding is a program of spiritual growth, prayer, and faith sharing designed to help us reach out to our friends, neighbors, and others we encounter with the good news of Jesus. Unbinding groups meet at various times and locations, for prayer and discussion and sharing as we grow in our Christian faith and life.
The Bible Challenge
Members of St. Monica’s have joined a large number of people around the world, in reading the Bible in a year. Our companion is a book full of wonderful reflections by Anglicans from around the world – bishops, priests, professors, scholars, lay people. Each reflection concludes with questions to think about and a prayer. The reading and reflection takes about 30 minutes each day. You can start the challenge on any Monday. Books are available in the office.