We welcome you to Rockland Congregational Church! All are welcome here and we hope your visit is God-centered, Spirit-filled, and Christ-focused!
Congregationalists care very much about the individual's ability to discern by the power of the Holy Spirit, so we do not dictate creeds
That said, we are unapologetically Christian in our focus
Trinitarian - we believe in God, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit as a good expression of the nature of God
Covenental - we have a covenant which we all promise to uphold. It is flexible enough to allow many interpretations, but focused enough to allow a clear understanding of our mission
Our Covenant is:
We covenant with God and with one another to seek God's will as taught in the Holy Scriptures, to walk together in the ways of the Lord, to proclaim the gospel of Jesus Christ to all people, and to depend upon the continued guidance of the Holy Spirit to lead us into all truth.
Communion - The Lord's Supper
We celebrate the sacrament of the Lord's Supper on the first Sunday of every month, and other special occasions
We allow you, as the participant, to come to an understanding of the meaning of the bread and the cup
The tradition of Christianity recognizes several ways of understanding The Lord's Supper
The bread IS the body of Christ, and the cup IS the blood of Christ , and Christ is therefore fully present in the elements and act of communion (Real Presence, or transubstantion)
The body and blood of Christ are in, around, and through the bread and cup, and Christ is fully present with us as we partake of the elements (consubstantion)
The bread and the cup become AS IF they were the body and blood of Christ when we have faith in the presence of Christ , and Christ's presence is made known through the faith of believers partaking in the elements of the Lord's Supper
The celebration of the Lord's Supper is a memorial of the Last Supper, and is something done in memory of a great event. Christ is present purely in the faith of the gathered believers
The communion of the Last Supper happens whenever we sense the presence of Christ
We have an open table at Rockland Congregational Church, meaning any and all who feel compelled to celebrate with us in the symbols and actions of faith in Jesus Christ are welcome to partake.
We serve grape juice rather than wine
We welcome whomsoever desires to become a part of the family of Christ through the sacrament of Holy Baptism
For parents, we baptize infants and children by sprinkling water on the child
For adults, we baptize by sprinkling, pouring, or immersion
A meeting or two with the minister is required to baptize, so there is a clear understanding of the commitments being made at the ceremony