Within our own lives we experience the miracle of births, the blessing of relationships, and the death of our loved ones. At St. John’s we gather as a community to pray and support families in each of these unique life moments. As a church family, we commit to assisting our members grow in faith during all of these moments and that God is present with us.
Baptism with water in the Name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit is the age-old sacrament through which we are adopted into Christ’s body, the Church. In being baptized at St. John’s you become a Christian, an Episcopalian, and a member of our local congregation all in one act.
Baptism is available to people of all ages, including infants, but is an extremely serious decision and should be made prayerfully and deliberately. If you or your child have never been baptized and are interested, please schedule an appointment with the Rector.
Jesus’ first miracle occurs at a wedding feast in Cana. Christian marriage centers on mutual joy and lifelong commitment. This is a time for great celebration within a couple’s life. Active members, both heterosexual and same-gender couples, may be married at St. John’s. Couples preparing for marriage meet with clergy for premarital preparation.
In the Episcopal tradition, we believe in the resurrection and the promise of life everlasting. At death, life is changed, not ended. As we walk this journey of life together as a faith community we experience the death of loved ones. Some deaths are unexpected, while others occur after a full, long life. Although Christians are people of joy and hope, grief is not in any way unchristian. Jesus himself wept when his friend, Lazarus, died. The support of a Christian community can make all the difference when you are going through times of loss. The family and clergy come together to plan a funeral service, during which the deceased is commended to God’s eternal care.
A Funeral Customary with Planning Form is available for download below.
How to Use the Funeral Customary?
This Funeral Customary is designed to assist individuals and families with decisions related either to their own funerals or the funeral of a loved one. It also includes a Planning Form for key decisions related to the funeral liturgy. Once you have read through the document and completed the Planning Form, we suggest making at least four copies: one for you, one for the church office, one for your preferred funeral home, and one for your family. It should be reviewed and updated every few years or each time there is a major life change. Parish clergy are happy to discuss any part of the planning process with you.
Who May Have Their Funeral at St. John’s?
While our funeral liturgy is offered primarily for members of St. John’s, one need not be a member of our church to receive the benefits of Christian burial as we understand and offer them. We are not a funeral chapel, per se, but anyone in search of dignified Christian burial for a loved one is welcome to call upon our clergy and inquire about the possibilities. All funerals at St. John’s are conducted by our own clergy in accordance with the Episcopal Book of Common Prayer.