The sacraments are outward signs of an inward grace. Here at Charlotte Fagan, we practice two of the great sacraments: Holy Baptism and Holy Communion, and three of the lesser sacraments or rites:
Holy Matrimony, Ordination, Confirmation.
If you are interested in participating in any of the sacraments, or if you have questions, please contact Pastor Josh.
We practice two forms of baptism here at Charlotte Fagan: Infant Baptism and Baptism on Profession of Faith. We do not believe that baptism creates in, or confers the grace of salvation to, any child or adult. It does not wash away sins. Rather, salvation comes only through trusting by faith in Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord.
We consider all baptisms administered with water, in the Name of the Trinity, by one duly authorized and ordained, to be valid.
Baptism on Profession of Faith
For those newly professing their faith in Jesus Christ, baptism is administered when their faith is professed publicly for the first time and they take their baptismal vows.
We believe that children of believers are members of Christ’s visible and external Church by birthright and are therefore entitled to the sacrament of baptism. Normally, at least one parent should be a current member of Charlotte Fagan.
If you are interested in baptism, please contact Pastor Josh.
There are then three reasons to be confirmed.
First, if you wish to affirm or reaffirm your commitment to Christ. Second, if you wish to receive empowerment from the Holy Spirit. And third, if you wish to be recognized as a member of Charlotte Fagan Community Church. Those confirmed in other liturgical denominations (Anglican, Catholic, Lutheran, Methodist, Presbyterian), would be received into Charlotte Fagan.
Confirmation refers to the rite in which, after a believer has been baptized, they make a mature commitment to the faith, and receive an increased gifting of the Holy Spirit through prayer, laying on of hands, and anointing. Confirmation is about one taking ownership of their baptismal covenant and professing what they believe.
Anyone ages 12 and older may be confirmed into the church after taking 3-4 confirmation classes.
If you are interested in being confirmed, please contact Pastor Josh.
Holy Communion is a sacrament given by our Lord Jesus wherein we experience the real presence of Christ as He invites our entire community to feast with Him at the Lord’s Table.
We celebrate Holy Communion every Sunday Morning as well as at many special services throughout the year. We practice communion through intinction in which one comes forward, receives the host, dips it in the cup, and partakes.
The Lord’s Table does not belong to a denomination, person, or church. It is the Lord’s; therefore, the table is open to all who are seeking Jesus. If you wish to refrain from communing, you may remain in your seat, or you may come forward, cross your arms over your chest, and the celebrant will pray a blessing over you.