The Rector’s Fall Adult Inquirers’ Class
If you would like to be baptized, confirmed, or received into membership in the Episcopal Church at St. John’s, you are invited to join the Rector’s 2016 Fall Adult Inquirers’ Class. Led by the Rector, the class (a two-day session) will meet on Saturdays, October 22 and October 29, from 8:45 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. both days. Anyone, newcomer or longtime parishioner, interested in learning more about our Christian faith and life, the Episcopal tradition, and the ministry of St. John’s Church, is encouraged to attend. For more information or to register, please contact Kaye Edwards, Assistant for Church Growth, at (202) 347-8766, ext. 317 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. Those who participate in this class, or have completed another inquirers’ class, may attend a Service of Confirmation, Reception, and Reaffirmation of Baptismal Vows at Washington National Cathedral on Saturday, November 5, at 10:00 a.m.
Baptism is the way in which all Christians are initiated into the life of the Church and into the Body of Christ. Through Baptism we share in Christ’s death and in his resurrection from the dead. The Service of Holy Baptism informs us about our covenant with God. Baptism is meant to be a public act in which the congregation welcomes the newly baptized into the community of Faith. All present at the ceremony make or re-affirm the vows of the baptismal covenant.
Please note that the parents or grandparents of children being baptized must be active members of St. John’s and that adults interested in baptism for themselves must attend the Rector’s Adult Inquirers’ Classes and be active participants in the life of the Parish.
Marriage is the holy sacrament through which two persons exchange vows before family, friends, and members of the congregation gathered to witness and pray.
The wedding service in St. John’s Church is to be solemnized by a priest on the staff, using the rites of the Episcopal Church. It presupposes that the couple being married are active members or are willing to investigate being active members of St. John’s Church and our community of faith. Every couple preparing to be married at St. John’s must receive counseling from a member of the clergy. St. John’s also asks for a commitment to participate in the life of the parish.
All dates are subject to confirmation by the Rector.
If you are interested in participating in our next Adult Inquirers’ Class, in Baptism, or in holding a wedding at St. John’s, contact Kaye Edwards at email@example.com or at (202) 347-8766, ext. 317.
Burial is an important sacrament in the lives of all Christians meant equally for the dead person and for those who remain. The burial service is a time for gathering together in the name of the deceased to provide comfort in the face of sorrow and loss and to celebrate God’s gift of the life of the departed. The Book of Common Prayer provides a rich and reassuring language of tradition to help us give expression to a difficult time. Contact Hayden Bryan at firstname.lastname@example.org
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