Lifelong Christian Faith Formation in The Episcopal Church is lifelong growth in the knowledge,
service and love of God as followers of Christ and is informed by Scripture, Tradition and Reason.
PROGRAMS & OTHER
NELLIE HARTMAN TRUST FUND
"Here I Am, Send Me"
Holy Nativity has been tasked to administer the endowment fund of long-time member, Nellie Hartman. The funds are to be used for the preparation of men and women for a life which incorporates Christian service and/or mission work. Ms. Hartman's expressed objective for all of the recipients of the monies from the fund was that they develop a personal Christian rule of life, support Judeo-Christian values, come to know Jesus Christ and the "fun" of life, experiencing the joy which comes from serving both God and humanity as summed up in the two great commandments.
Sunday School is offered for our children at the 9am service.
Baptism is a ritual of inclusion and belonging that indicates our desire to enter into a relationship with Jesus Christ and the Church. We baptize adults and infants in the Episcopal Church on the belief that God's love extends to everyone regardless of their age. Baptism almost always takes place within the Sunday Eucharist.
Confirmation is the adult affirmation of our baptismal vows and commitment to Christ. There is no age requirement; the decision is determined by each individual as they are led by the Holy Spirit. Confirmation classes are normally planned in conjunction with the island-wide Regional Confirmation Ceremony conducted by the Episcopal Diocese of Hawaii that usually takes place in the spring.
Reaffirmation is for people who are already confirmed in the Episcopal Church, but are presented to the Bishop during the service of Confirmation to "reaffirm" their Christian vows. These may be people who have been away from the church for a period of time and want to make a new beginning; others may sense that they are at a new stage in their spiritual lives and want to affirm this.
Reception is reserved for those who have already been confirmed in another denomination. This is a way of recognizing and honoring those who have made a mature confession of faith and welcome them into the fellowship of the Episcopal Church. They are also presented to the Bishop during the confirmation ceremony.
MARRIAGE OOur covenantal life with God is expressed in relationships of commitment and faithfulness, including those of same-sex couples. It is the Church’s joy to celebrate relationships as signs of God’s love, to pray for God’s grace to support couples in their life together, and to join with these couples in our shared witness to the gospel in the world.