Baptism is a vital part of the believer’s life and walk with God. Through water baptism you share a common experience with other members of the church. Baptism makes a public profession of faith, shows obedience to Christ's command to be baptized and identifies the believer with the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. We administer this ordinance in accordance with Acts 2:38. However, not only are we baptized in water for the remission (the release from or removal) of sins, we are also baptized with the Holy Spirit thus receiving power from heaven to help us to become conduits of God’s love, compassion, grace, and mercy for others on the earth. (See Luke 24:45-49; John 14:15-17, 16:13, 14; Acts 1:44; 5:8). Full immersion is the mode (method) of baptism we observe.
“13 Then were brought unto Him little children that He should put His hands on them and pray, and the disciples rebuked them. 14 But Jesus said, “Suffer the little children and forbid them not, to come unto me: for such is the kingdom of heaven.” Matthew 19:13-14 (KJV)
To Jesus, children were precious and worthy of blessings. After a married couple is blessed with a child, many times others want to be a part of the child’s development and spiritual growth; therefore, we bless or consecrate before the Lord all children. Blessing/Christening for babies are performed every first Sunday. Parents wishing their child or children to be blessed should contact the church office at (718) 385-0248 at least one month in advance.
Infant Blessing / Christening
Jesus said; “51 I am the living bread which came down from heaven, if anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever, and the bread which I shall give is my flesh, which I give for the life of the world is. 53 Then Jesus said unto them, “Verily, Verily, I say unto you, except ye eat the flesh of the Son of man and drink His blood, you have no life in you. 54 Whosoever eateth my flesh, and drink my blood, hath eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day. 55 For my flesh is meat indeed, and my blood is drink indeed. 56 He that eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, dwelleth in me and I in him.” John 6:51, 53-56(KJV)
Each communion celebration expresses the meaning of Christian brotherhood and unity. In Christ, we are one body and partakers in His death, burial and resurrection. As well, each communion celebration is time for serious reflection, for those who partake are asserting their continued allegiance to Jesus who paid the supreme sacrifice. To take the Holy Communion frivolously or without thought to one’s life commitment is an abomination. Therefore, we must not desecrate this moment but humble ourselves and determine through this sacrament to meet the living Christ. Communion is celebrated every second Sunday of the month.
We believe that this ordinance is as much a divine command as any other New Testament ordinance. Jesus gave us an example that we should do even as He had done. He said that we ought to wash one another’s feet. Again, “If ye know these things, happy are ye if you do them” John 13:17 (KJV). There is scriptural evidence that feet washing was practiced by the church in the days of Apostle Paul (I Tim 5:10). The pastor will announce when there will be a feet washing ceremony.
It is a joy to our hearts to see people come together in the covenant of marriage. We have a Special Events Manager to assist you in coordinating the ceremony. If you or one of your children who attended the church desires to have a wedding at True Holy Church, you must make an appointment with the Special Events Manager. The Special Events Manager will schedule the appropriate dates and times. The Pastor or his appointee will have mandatory pre-marital sessions that are considered pre-marital advisory. It is a time when the Pastor or his appointee will discuss with the prospective bride and groom several things concerning the marriage covenant and the ceremony, and he will answer whatever questions you may have and explain how our wedding ceremonies are conducted. It is necessary for the prospective bride and groom to complete the mandatory pre-marital classes (advisory) and communication labs in order for the Pastor to officiate the ceremony.
The Pastor and the other ministers will be more than happy to perform the wedding ceremony for you at other places, as well as the church.
THC has an event and meeting that can accommodate groups as large as 100 people. Please contact the church office on (718) 385-0248 to inquire about rental space or to make your reservation.