Life Events

All Saints has been serving God in the heart of our community since the 1846.  That means serving our neighbours
at all times in their lives - times of joy and celebration as well as those of loss and sadness.
Special Services
Baptism
Confirmation and
Holy Communion
Marriage
Funerals and
coping with loss
Baptism
What is Holy Baptism?
Holy Baptism is the sacrament by which God adopts us as his children and makes us members of Christ’s Body, the Church, and inheritors of the kingdom of
God. “By Baptism we were buried with Christ and lay dead, in order that, as Christ was raised from the dead in the splendour of the Father, so also we might set
our feet upon the new path of life”.  Romans 6:4

“By the power of the Holy Spirit, we are united with Christ in Holy Baptism, sharing not only in His death but also in His resurrection, becoming God’s children by
adoption and grace, thus changing our created nature so deeply that the Holy Scripture says that in Baptism we are born again”.  BCP 1995, pg. 272

When Jesus died on the cross, He, who had no sin, paid the death penalty for our sins. Through baptism we are united, or joined with Christ in paying the death
penalty for sin. We are baptized into His death, into the death penalty for sin. We, who are unable to return from death because we have sin, are joined to
Christ—and since Christ is sinless and was victorious over death, we, now being united with Him through baptism, are made victorious being united with Christ
in His resurrection.

Preparation for baptism
Except in an emergency, at least a week’s notice has to be given before a baptism can take place. This will allow time for the minister to ensure
that those being baptised, or their parents in the case of infants, receive adequate preparation.  The purpose of this preparation is to enable those
involved to understand what baptism means and the solemn Christian commitment that it entails.  Please contact the
All Saints’ Church office to make an
appointment to discuss in further detail.

Godparents:
When a child is presented for baptism, Godparents (or "sponsors") stand with the parents, and join them in promising to do all in their power to insure the
child's Christian nurture. In the event of such tragedy that the parents could not fulfill their promise, the responsibility falls to the Godparents. Godparents may be
of any denomination, but must be believing, practicing members of a church, willing to carry out the promises made in the service.

                                                                 Baptisms taken place in the last 5 months
Funerals
A funeral marks the close of a human life on earth. It is the opportunity for friends and family to express their grief, to give thanks for the life
which has now completed its journey in this world and to commend the person into God's keeping. As far back into history as we can
penetrate, human beings seem to have felt the need for a ceremonial leave-taking of those who have died.

The funeral service will reflect the personality of the one who has died and the circumstances of their death. Feelings of grief, gratitude, joy and
sadness often intermingle. Sometimes, a sense of tragedy is uppermost, especially when it is a young person who has died. When it is the
end of a long and fruitful life, the feelings of thanksgiving can be strongest. Funeral services always raise profound questions about the
meaning of life and death. Jesus himself believed in a life-giving God: 'the God of the living, not of the dead.' Christians believe that Christ's
resurrection is the triumph of good over evil and of life over death and has made eternal life available to us.  Please fill out this
to assist in making arrangements for the service, and contact the
All Saints’ Church office for further information.


After the funeral
People who have lost someone close to them are often so busy with practical details and arrangements between the death and the funeral
that they do not experience the full sense of their loss until later.
Grieving is a natural and important part of coming to terms with and healing this loss and it may continue for several months. If the clergy are
asked, they will try to help. One often finds it is those who have suffered a close bereavement themselves, clergy or lay people, who can most
easily offer comfort and support to those who mourn.
Comfort is also to be found in the promises of Jesus Christ, in the hope of the Resurrection and in the belief that the beloved person is safe in
the hands of God.
                                               Funerals taken place in the last 5 months
Marriage
“… a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and they will become one flesh.” (Genesis 2:24)

What is Holy Matrimony?
Holy Matrimony is Christian marriage, in which the woman and man enter into a life-long union, make their vows before God and the Church,
and receive the grace and blessing of God to help them fulfill their vows.

What do Christians believe about Holy Matrimony?
Christians believe that marriage is a gift from God. In the marriage ceremony, a couple make a public declaration of lifelong commitment to
love each other, come what may. The Bible compares married love with the love Jesus has for his followers. He expressed his love by being
prepared to sacrifice himself, even to die for the people he loved. This is amazing, unconditional love. Jesus never said 'I love you, but ...'. The
marriage ceremony gives you a new legal status as husband and wife.  Christians believe that marriage offers the right place for the fulfilment
of our sexuality and a stable and secure environment for bringing up children.

In preparation for holy matrimony, please contact
 All Saints' Church Office.  For details on the church wedding ceremony, click here.


                                          
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