The Christian Community celebrates a renewal of the traditional sacraments, appropriate for our current time. These are:
The Act of Consecration of Man is the centerpiece of sacramental life. It is a renewal of the archetypal form of early Christian mysteries, the Mass.
Baptism receives the child into the religious community, represented particularly by the godparents. It brings Christ’s power into the soul and body of the incarnating child. In contrast to other Christian movements, the sacraments of baptism and confirmation do not include membership of the Christian Community, which is a conscious and free choice made by adults.
Confirmation takes place at the age of 14, as a ritual of passage bringing Christ’s light and strength to human beings as they pass into adolescence and begin to seek their own path into life.
Marriage blesses the resolve of a man and woman to share community of life, supported by two chosen witnesses who represent the community in its desire to accompany, support and bless what two souls desire.
The Last Anointing gives an individual spiritual strength to face the decision at the threshold between the world of earth and heaven. It can help individuals in dying to free themselves from the body and move into body-free spiritual life.
Sacramental Consultation (by request and confidential) is a helping conversation for one’s life destiny and supports individual efforts to take responsibility for life.
Sacrament of Ordination The sacraments are celebrated by a priest through the spiritual authority conferred by the Sacrament of Ordination. From its beginning, the Christian Community has ordained both men and women.
Besides the 7 Sacraments there are other important rituals:
The Children's Service: Recognising that children have a different consciousness to adults, the children's service seeks to meet the specific needs of children for religious life. Beyond the children's service, this work also includes storytelling, art and craft activities and other programming that makes life as part of the congregation interesting and engaging for children.
The Blessing of Same-Sex Couples: While same-sex unions were not legal nor common when our sacrament of marriage was written in the 1920s, we also offer rituals for same-sex couples wishing to mark their union within a religious context. The marriage sacrament as celebrated in the Christian Community is expressly intended to heal the original division of the sexes into male and female at the beginning of creation, and as such is not applicable for same-sex couples. We recognise and celebrate diversity within our congregations and strive to meet the needs of all our community, including appropriate and joyful ways to mark important life events for all our congregants.
The Funeral service: Usually takes two parts, the benediction, following a three day vigil and before the coffin is sealed, and the funeral performed at the graveside or at the crematorium.