Christian faith formation begins with baptism, is shaped by education which leads to joining the faith community at the Lord’s Supper and in the early teenage years, affirming the baptismal promises through confirmation ministry.
Life transitions include marriage (click for the church wedding policy and fees) and funerals. Because of the nature of funerals, please contact the pastor to make arrangements for your loved one.
The Sacrament of Holy Baptism begins a lifelong journey that is characterized by our relationship to God, our relationship to our faith community, our relationships in our community and the wider world. Living our baptismal covenant means living a life of growth in the faith practices of discipleship. Those who desire to bring their young children to baptism, and those who can speak for themselves who desire to be baptized, may contact the pastor to discuss preparation for this Sacrament in which we die to sin and are raised to new life as a child of God, to let our light shine so that others may see our good works that give glory to God.
The Sacrament of Holy Communion is a sacred meal in which Christ comes to us in bread and wine. As we receive the elements, we hear the words, “This is the body of Christ given for you. This is the blood of Christ shed for you.” We believe these words to be true. Christ is truly present in, with and under the bread and wine of this meal. When we receive the bread and wine, we receive his body and blood. We share in a sacred meal that spans all time and space. In this meal, Christ comes to us. We experience God’s amazing grace, love, unconditional forgiveness and mercy. Everyone is welcome to the Lord’s Table, from infants to the most seniors among us. We encourage age-appropriate education to help communicants understand this sacrament. Please contact the pastor to discuss further education for your child.
Affirmation of Baptism is for youth to affirm the promises made for them at baptism. Generally, middle school aged youth, who have completed Confirmation Ministry, stand before the congregation to affirm these promises to “…live among God’s faithful people; hear the word of God and share in the Lord’s Supper; proclaim the good news of God in Christ through word and deed; serve all people following the example of Jesus; and strive for justice and peace in all the earth.” Candidates for confirmation participate in designing and constructing a banner which is dedicated on the day of the Affirmation of Baptism, usually Pentecost Sunday.