Holy Baptism is the applying of water (by pouring, sprinkling, immersion, etc.) in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Baptism is not simply a splash of water. It is water connected with the command of God and the Word of God. Through Baptism, the Holy Spirit brings forgiveness of sins, faith in Jesus Christ, and eternal salvation. Baptism is not something we do for God; it is something God does for us.
WHO MAY BE BAPTIZED?
We encourage Baptism for infants, children, teenagers and adults. Adults are normally baptized after receiving instructions in the Christian faith. Children and infants are baptized with the commitment by parents and sponsors to continue to teach them the faith of Christ.
Sponsors may be chosen to assist parents in raising their children in the Christian faith. Sponsors serve as witnesses to the baptism and to pray for and encourage the children in their Christian life.
STEPS FOR BAPTISM
- Contact the Church Office to schedule a baptism.
- Find a time to speak with one of the pastors.
- Baptisms are typically held during the one weekend worship services.
- For adults, baptism is usually celebrated at the conclusion of their basic instruction in the Christian faith.
Contact the Church Office for more information and to schedule a baptism.
Marriage is one of the greatest blessings that God has given us. It was instituted by God at the beginning of creation and continues to be a reflection of His love for this world through His Son. We believe that a wedding is more than just a ceremony or ritual. In a wedding, a couple makes sacred vows of life-long faithfulness to one another and begins their new life, joined together by God.
Contact the Church Office to see if your wedding date is available and to request a copy of St. John’s Wedding Manual.
Jesus said, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me, though he may die, yet shall he live” (John 11:25). Christians live in the sure and certain hope of eternal life. The death of a loved one is a very sad and painful event. But we also rejoice in the promises that God has given us in Jesus. At the time of death Christians gather together to hear God’s Word and to lovingly lay to rest the remains of our brother or sister to await the resurrection.Sharing Grief
When someone dies, the church shares the grief of those who mourn. In a funeral or memorial service, we give voice to our sorrow, thank God for our loved one and entrust this person into the hands of God.
PLEASE CALL FOR PASTORAL CARE
When a loved one is seriously ill, we strongly encourage families to call for one of the pastors to visit at home or in the hospital. It is important to surround those who are near death with all the help that we can provide, both medically and spiritually.
PLANNING A FUNERAL SERVICE
At the time of death one of the pastors will meet with the family to focus on God’s Word and to seek His help during this very painful time. When the family is ready the pastor can meet to plan the funeral service.
A Christian funeral or memorial service proclaims our living hope in the resurrection of Jesus Christ. In a journey that begins with baptism, our Christian life is grounded in the worship life of the faith community. At the end of a life, it is fitting for family and friends to gather once more in deep gratitude and remembrance – within the very church that sustained their loved one in life. In a funeral service, we celebrate the value of this life and reaffirm our trust in God's promise received in baptism: We are claimed by Christ forever. Scripture, prayers, songs and words express the hopes and fears of grieving hearts.
The family of St. John continues to pray for and support families and friends who mourn. St. John also sponsors support through GriefShare. GriefShare is a Christian support program for those who have suffered the loss of a loved one through death.
Contact: Sharon Mohs for more information, to plan a Funeral Service and for pastoral care.