Baptism is the traditional induction into the universal Christian Church. Its biblical authority comes from the Gospels where Jesus began his ministry by being baptised in the Jordan by John the Baptist.
Confirmation has traditionally been a coming of age ritual within the church but St Albans Uniting sees it as exactly what the name implies, the ‘confirmation’ of an adult of the baptismal vows made by parents at the baptism of an infant. Having grown up in the church and learned about the Christian Faith a young person wishes to commit themselves to the church by confirming the promises made on their behalf by their parents. On request the minster will arrange some instruction and preparation for such a commitment and organise a suitable service to recognise that commitment.
Breakfast Church - Sunday 8:30 - 9:30
A service designed specially for children and their families.
Join us for a yummy breakfast, including real coffee for the parents.
The service combines interactive music and dance with a bible story and craft activity based on the theme of the day. We have lots of fun and use everything from the parachute to racing boats in water and bubbles.
This is a great way to explore the gospel stories with your children in a caring and child friendly environment.
Sunday at 10:00am with morning tea to follow.
A traditional service steeped in the tradition of the Methodist and Presbyterian Churches. A service that includes a good range of old and contemporary hymns, a solidly based sermon and time for reflection and prayer.
All are welcome.
The very name Civil Union would appear to indicate a recognition of a couple’s commitment that is recognised by the state but separated from the traditional ‘Church Wedding’ and indeed couples may choose a Civil Union to avoid any suggestion that the church may have been involved in solemnising their vows.
St Albans Uniting is an inclusive congregation that seeks to be Christ in the community with no strings attached. Therefore as well as conducting funerals as part of the ongoing care of its members the minister and the parish also feel it their duty and privilege to offer their expertise and facilities to anyone at a time of grief and loss. As well as conducting funerals for any member of the wider community the minister also conducts funerals in other locations when required.
The church in New Zealand has a tradition of conducting weddings and its ministers are registered by the state as marriage celebrants. This is certainly the case at St. Albans Uniting and because of St. Albans Uniting’s desire to be an inclusive community that aims to be Christ in the Community with no strings attached anyone is welcome to celebrate their marriage and make their vows at St Albans Uniting. The minister may also be available to lead a marriage service at some other location of your choosing.