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Sacraments

Sacraments are outward and visible signs of inward and spiritual grace, given by Christ as sure and certain means by which we receive that grace. all our sacraments are performed in accordance to the Church in the Province of the West Indies.

Baptism
In Holy Baptism, the Church proclaims the Good News of our incorporation into the Kingdom of God. Baptism is the sacrament by which God unites us with Christ, adopts us as His children and makes us members of Christ's Body, the church, and inheritors of the kingdom of God.

We encourage the administration of the Sacrament of Baptism during the celebration of the Eucharist. "It is the practice of the Church to admit to Baptism those who are not old enough to profess the Christian faith. But ths is done on the understanding that they will receive a Christian upbringing. This means they will be taught the Christian religion and taught to practice it, until such time as they present themselves for Confirmation, and publicly profess the faith in which they have been baptised."

Parents are earnestly requested to choose Godparents for their children who understand the nature of their obligation and are likely to fulfill them properly.

Godparents MUST be communicant members of the Anglican Church in good standing: two Godfathers and one Godmother for every male child and two Godmothers and one Godfather for every female child.

For more information and/or to make arrangements, please contact us.

Confirmation
Confirmation is the rite in which we express a mature commitment to Christ, and receive strength by the indwelling of the Holy Spirit through prayer and the laying on of hands by a bishop. To be confirmed, candidates are required to have been baptized, are sufficiently instructed in the Christian Faith, are penitent for their sins, and are ready to affirm their confession of Jesus Christ as Saviour and Lord and, strengthened by His grace, to live their lives in accordance with His will.

For more information, please contact us.

Weddings
Christian Marriage, sometimes called Holy Matrimony, is a lifelong union into which the woman and the man in Christ enter when they make their vows before God and the Church, and receive the grace and blessing of God to help them fulfill their vows.

St. James is a very popular choice for conducting weddings. Our parish community delights in assisting couples in preparation for their life-long journey. Marriage is a sacrament and solemn public covenant between a man and a woman in the presence of God. We believe that marriage is “a symbol of the marriage of Christ with His Church”, the image of God’s covenant with his people and that the bride and groom "mirror" that reflection of love to each other, as well as to all God's people as they live this Sacrament for the rest of their lives. St James has a long and honoured history. We have a great respect for this history and believe that, as faithful stewards, we are called to maintain it in the best possible way.

For more information, please contact the church office and download our Marriage Customary.

Funerals
"I am sure that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord."
Romans 14:8-9

For more information and/or to make arrangements, please contact us. St. James Bereavement Group also provides counselling when needed. Click here to find out more.

   
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