We recognize there are moments in a person’s life that are transformational, and we as a church are well-positioned to help mark those significant moments. Here are the ways in which we support people in their lifelong journey of faith.
We offer the sacrament of Baptism four times per year to those who would like to commit their lives to following Jesus Christ. We believe that this commitment can only be made within the context of a worshipping community. As a sign of that commitment, we require that the person wishing to be baptized (or his or her parents) be members of the church prior to the baptism.
The reality of Baptism is that, as we mature, we grow into our understanding of the gift of grace God has given us. Our Communion Discovery class is meant to help children grow into their understanding of what we as Christians receive through the sacrament of the Holy Eucharist. This class is not required, but is available to help children grow in their faith and knowledge of Jesus Christ. It is offered once every spring, and is open to all children four years old and older.
Confirmation is open to all those who are at least 14 years of age. The date for confirmations varies depending upon the schedule of the Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Dallas, and when he can visit, but is generally offered once every 18 months. Classes for preparation are required prior to Confirmation. During those classes, those preparing to be confirmed will learn what it means to be a Christian, to be an Episcopalian, and to live an active life of faith. They will also develop close relationships with others that will last a lifetime. For youth, we offer an overnight confirmation retreat. For adults, it is a series of five classes to be held at 12:15 p.m. on the Sundays prior to Confirmation.
The celebration and blessing of a marriage is available to members of the Episcopal Church of the Annunciation. The couple is required to attend three pre-marital counseling sessions prior to the wedding. There is a packet of information available in the Church Office for anyone interested in learning more.
Reconciliation is available upon request at any time of the year, but for certain seasons of the church year, it is particularly appropriate. These one-on-one meetings with the clergy take place in the sanctuary and is scheduled at a time which is convenient to both parties. While it is not required, many find it helpful in releasing the burden of sins and preparing one’s heart to receive the light of Christ.
Funerals are not restricted to members of Annunciation. If a loved one has passed, please contact our Church Office and schedule a time to meet with our clergy.