Baptism & Communion

The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) has two sacraments: Baptism and the Lord’s Supper, or communion.

Baptism is an act of the community and is therefore administered as part of a worship service and at any age: infant, child, youth or adult. Parent(s) desiring baptism for a child or adults for themselves meet with one of the pastors and with the Session. One or both parents are ordinarily members of Cary Presbyterian. When an infant or child is baptized, the family and the church commit to nurture the child in faith. When adults are baptized, they make a public profession of faith.

Baptism is received only once. Its effect is not tied to the moment when it is administered, for it signifies the beginning of life in Christ, not its completion. The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) believes that persons of other denominations are part of one body of Christian believers.

The invitation to the Lord’s Supper, also referred to as Communion or Eucharist, is extended to all who have been baptized or are being instructed in the ways of faith, remembering that access to the Table is not a right conferred upon the worthy, but a privilege given to the undeserving who come in faith, repentance and love. In preparing to receive Christ in this Sacrament, the believer is to confess sin and brokenness, to seek reconciliation with God and neighbor, and to trust in Jesus Christ for cleansing and renewal. Even one who doubts or whose trust is wavering may come to the Table in order to be assured of God’s love and grace in Christ Jesus.

On Communion Sundays (generally the first Sunday of each month) the elements of bread, including a gluten-free option, and juice are passed among the pews.

During special services and during the summer, communion is shared by intinction: participants come forward to the chancel, receiving a piece of bread and dipping it in the cup. A separate chalice is provided for gluten-free bread.

“The Sacraments of Baptism and the Lord’s Supper are God’s acts of sealing the promises of faith within the community of faith as the congregation worships, and include the responses of the faithful to the Word proclaimed and enacted in the Sacraments”
PC(USA) Book of Order