Baptisms, Weddings & Funerals
Holy Baptism is the sacrament that initiates an individual — adult, child, or infant — into the Christian faith, a member of the Body of Christ. The baptism service may be found on page 299 of The Book of Common Prayer.
- At least one parent of a child being baptized is invited to be a member of St. John’s Church.
- Those seeking baptism for their children are required to attend a preparatory interview.
- Adults who wish to be baptized are invited to become members of our church.
- Adults contemplating baptism are usually invited to attend the Inquirer’s Class.
Who May Be Married at St. John’s Church?
According to our Christian faith, in marriage, each individual — both separately and together — transforms and matures in God’s presence and image. A wedding, then, is a sacred ritual that acknowledges and celebrates your desire to enter a lifelong relationship. Your marriage is a sacrament — an outward and visible sign of God’s grace bringing you together and nurturing your love.
Any member of St. John’s Church may be married here. The sacrament of marriage at St. John’s is fully open to same-gender couples. If you would like to be married at St. John’s Church but are not yet a member, please contact the clergy so that you can begin that process.
Getting Started on Your Wedding
Weddings may be held anytime throughout the year except during Holy Week, the first week of Easter, and the final week of Advent. Weddings are rarely celebrated during the penitential season of Lent. Please note that we are able to schedule weddings with at least six months notice and no more than 18 months in advance. Premarital counseling is required of all couples.
Contact the clergy to begin your marriage journey with us. All couples, regardless of orientation, follow the same policies.
Funerals at St. John’s Church are best understood as “Easter” liturgies — grounded in the hope of new and eternal life to come. As with baptisms and weddings, these services follow the Episcopal Book of Common Prayer. To begin the process of planning a funeral, we ask that the death of a member of St. John’s Church be reported to the parish office as soon as possible and that the family meet with the clergy immediately. Please note that no final plans should be made or service dates publicized before this consultation.
For information about interment of ashes in the St. John’s Memorial Garden, please contact the clergy