Children & Communion
At Orchard, we celebrate communion (the Lord’s Supper) on the first Sunday of each month. We encourage parents to talk with your child each month about this very special observance. Jesus commanded his followers to remember and celebrate his great love for us by participating in this unusual meal, following the example he set when he ate with his disciples. Communion reminds us that Jesus died so that we might be forgiven. The bread represents Jesus’ body and the juice or wine represents his blood which he shed. Participating in communion with people who are also thinking about what Jesus did for us brings us closer to God and to other followers of Jesus.
All who believe and put their trust in Jesus as their Lord and Savior are invited and encouraged to be baptized.
The waters of baptism (whether we are baptized from the church fount, a swimming pool or the ocean) symbolize the cleansing of our sins and our being born into new life in Christ and the family of God.
Parents are invited and encouraged to bring their infants and children forward for baptism, knowing that God’s promises are for them. Scripture says, “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. The Promise is for you and your children and for all who are far off—for all whom the Lord our God will call.” Acts 2:38,39
Parents interested in more information on baptism are invited to contact Pastor Matt Hoyt or Melinda Hoyt.