We encourage everyone to develop their faith in whatever way suits them – personal prayer and bible study or through the various activities offered by the church.
The Anglican Church has an array of discipleship roadmaps with supporting growth in responsibilities within the church life. Our gifts in the Lord vary in support of who we are, and the needs within the Church and community.
If you would like to know more and feel you are being led that way, please talk with Rev'd Marian Free and see what ensues for you. There is always something we can assist in, and some area for our development in the body of Christ.
Baptism represents a recognition that there is more to life than the physical and material and introduces an infant to the possibilities that lie beyond this world and to a relationship with the spiritual – specifically with the Trinitarian expression of the divine.
As most people are baptised as infants, we offer an opportunity for people to make the baptism promises for themselves. We do this through Confirmation. At present we try to offer this opportunity annually to coincide with the Bishop’s visit. Preparation for Confirmation takes the form of two three hour classes on a Saturday or a Sunday. Please speak with Rev'd Marian Free if you would like to be confirmed.
Confirmation is a part of your journey of faith in Christ. Speak with your rector for information on confirmation, and how to attend a confirmation class. This is a good way to explore your faith with others, and is a safe place to ask any questions you have about God, Jesus and the journey of faith.
Confirmation marks a point in the Christian journey at which you affirm for yourself the faith into which you have been baptised and your intention to live a life of committed discipleship. This affirmation is confirmed through prayer and the laying on of hands by the confirming bishop. The Church also asks God to give you power through the Holy Spirit to enable you to live in the way of Jesus.
When you were baptised as a child, your parents and godparents were asked to declare publicly on your behalf that they believed in God and that they would bring you up to follow Jesus. They were asked to answer, on your behalf, that you had decided to turn away from everything which is evil or sinful and instead to turn towards Christ. At confirmation, you will renew these decisions and promises.
The declarations made by you will be made in front of the church congregation. The local Christian community will promise to support you and pray for you.
It is normal for confirmation to be followed by Holy Communion, although where confirmation has not taken place in a candidate’s parish church you may wish to take Communion for the first time in your church on the following Sunday.
Seeking Christian teaching, mentors, and resources is an important part of our learning and journey.
Canon Jim Glennon once said, “When I first went to Moore Theological College – I’m sorry to have to admit this.. I said to myself: ‘I only need the finishing touches’. After four years of isolated parish work, Canon Glennon said, “I came to realise that, up until then, all I had been doing was perpetuating my ignorance!.. Until we are taught, until we are instructed, until we have the Word of God opened to us and see it worked out in other people’s lives, it may be that all we are doing is perpetuating our own ignorance.”
A common problem is when we hear folks say, all they have to do is read the bible, and have no other source of input. If anything, we would encourage you to explore your faith. We all need encouragement, and surely will benefit as the Holy Spirit impresses important things upon us as we share in fellowship with others, and consider the truthful experiences of others.
As you meet people, you may like to ask what texts have influenced them. For example, a small known author is Jeanne Guyon, 1648-1717. She sought spirituality for the common folk. Her work has influenced many.
Please talk to Rev'd Marian Free about options for students and St Augustine’s. You may be interested in curriculum at St Francis College, Milton.