The Book of Common Prayer describes sacraments as “outward and visible signs of inward and spiritual grace, given by Christ as sure and certain means by which we receive that grade.” These sacraments play a central role in our worship.
Baptism is one of the fundamental sacraments of the Christian faith and an outward expression of belief in Jesus Christ. An individual becomes part of the Church through the sacrament of baptism by water, which is used to signify the entrance of the individual into the Christian faith and church community.
Baptism represents our birth into God’s family, forgiveness of sins and a new life with the Holy Spirit. The Episcopal Church believes that it is through this sacrament that we are united with God, becoming brothers and sisters in His family. Baptism at St. John’s is available to the family of all members of the congregation as well as those wanting to become members.
In a Christian marriage, man and woman enter into a lifelong union by making vows to God, the Church and one another to live their lives with Jesus Christ as the foundation of their marriage. The Book of Common Prayer states that “… marriage is not to be entered into unadvised or lightly, but reverently, deliberately and in accordance with the purpose for which it was instituted by God.”
At St. John’s Episcopal Church, we take the sacrament of marriage seriously and the clergy is available to assist couples in planning and preparing for the ceremony and, more importantly, their life as a married couple. Those who desire to be married at St. John’s Church must either be members or have an immediate family member who is a member. The couple must meet with a member of our clergy to successfully complete premarital Christian counseling.