Sacraments are "outward and visible signs of an inward and spiritual grace." In other words, sacraments are tangible, material signs through which we encounter God's love and presence in community.
For centuries, Christians have been gathering week after week, Sunday after Sunday around the two primary sacraments, instituted by Jesus himself: Baptism and Communion. In the Episcopal Church, we baptize both children and adults, and all are welcome and invited to receive the bread and wine at communion.
Holy Baptism, the pouring or immersion with water in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, is layered with meaning. It is:
A sign of new birth through the Holy spirit
An image of forgiveness and cleansing
A rite of initiation through which we are adopted into the family of God
A public profession of faith
In the Episcopal Church, we baptize infants and small children, because we believe baptism is chiefly about God's love towards us beginning to end, before we could ever respond. Learn more through the videos below, and click here to inquire about celebrating your child's baptism at All Saints'.
Communion Also known as Eucharist, the Mass, or the Lord's Supper
All children at All Saints' are invited to participate in communion by receiving either the bread (and real wine) at the parents' discretion. Unlike some traditions, we do not require a first communion class or confirmation, because we believe that it is God's table and not our own. The receiving of Christ's Body and Blood in the Eucharist is a mystery ultimately beyond human comprehension.
Nevertheless, some parents choose to wait until their children are a bit older, and we honor that decision. We also offer an optional Communion Exploration Class for all children to learn more about the Eucharist and receive a Communion Exploration Milestone. Likewise, once a month, kindergarten through 3rd grade students remain in Children's Church for the duration of the 9:00 a.m. hour on Sundays for a Children's Eucharist led by one of our priests.
All Saints' Episcopal Church 634 W. Peachtree St. NW Atlanta, GA 30308