There are two sacraments ordained of Christ our Lord in the gospel: baptism and communion.
Baptism is not only a sign of profession, and mark of difference, whereby Christians are separated from others, but it is also a sign of regeneration or new birth. Those that are baptized are grafted into the Church: receiving the promises of forgiveness of sin, being adopted to be the sons of God by the Holy Ghost, are visibly signed and sealed; confirmed in faith.
The baptism of young children is a Christian sacrament for Christian parents. It is a way to claim God’s blessing on the child. As well, the parents and godparents make very serious promises to raise the child up in a godly manner.
Adult baptism is better described as “believer’s baptism”. It is typically initiated by individuals who have received Jesus Christ as their personal savior and have made a decision to be obedient to the command of Christ through this public declaration. In Matthew 16:16, Jesus said: “Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned.”
Services of holy baptism for both children and adults are scheduled regularly throughout the year. If you are interested in having your child baptised, or if you wish to be baptised yourself, please fill out the application below. You will be required to meet with a member of clergy who will go over the baptism application form with you. This meeting will be followed by baptism preparation for both parents and godparents.
The Bible teaches us to hold marriage in very high regard. First, marriage is God’s good and gracious gift to us. It is not only for our own private benefit but also for the benefit of all. The goal of marriage is fundamentally the glory and service of God. It is not primarily self-fulfillment, intimacy or the meeting of each other’s needs, as important as those may be. In marriage, God intends that husband and wife together represent him through filling the earth and being stewards of God’s creation. Filling the earth will, in most cases, include the bearing of children and the raising of a family. Being stewards of God’s creation will involve the Christian proclamation of the Gospel, establishing and extending the kingdom of God on earth and the care of God’s creation and work.
Second, God intends marriage to be a reflection of the magnificent and beautiful union between Christ and his Church. Biblical marriage is a lifelong union between a man and a woman. The love between husband and wife is to be a visual expression of the love between Christ and his Church. With this in mind, we are convinced that the most important and effective thing we can do to support your marriage is to point you to Jesus Christ and to His word written in the Bible. This is the way to help you grow in your relationship with Christ and with each other. (Look up Genesis 1:26-31, Genesis 2:18-25, Ephesians 5:21-6:4).
As you begin your new life together, we want to do what we can to help you build the strongest possible marriage. Most importantly, we hope this will be a time in which you come to know Jesus Christ in a deeper way.
Christian funerals are occasions of both sadness and joy. While we mourn the loss of a loved one, we can rejoice in this promise of our Lord. Therefore, we attach great importance to conducting funerals at St. John’s.
Funerals at St. John's include: