Adult Inquirers’ Class
For those who wish to be baptized, confirmed, or received into membership in the Episcopal Church at St. John’s, we invite you to join the Adult Inquirers’ Class.
The class will meet in the spring of 2021 (dates to be determined) either in person or online via Zoom . The sessions will include breakout groups to provide a relaxing, engaging way for participants to get to know each other. The Rev. Rob Fisher, Rector of St. John’s, will lead the class. 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.
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.
To help give families options during this extraordinary time, and until St. John’s is open for full Sunday services, the Rector will discuss options to a church service with families, including baptisms at home (and preferably outdoors) or a private baptism at the church. All baptisms must comply with health and safety guidelines.
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 (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. For more information, contact Kim Carlson, Director of Operations.
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