Life in Christ

stpaul-life-in-christBaptism

Baptism is a means through which God gives His grace (Romans 6).  Like the Scriptures, we encourage all people to be baptized.  “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ, for the forgiveness of your sins” (Acts 2:38).  Those who are able to be instructed in the Christian faith prior to baptism will learn about what baptism means and about the tenets of the Christian faith.  However,  infants and children may also be baptized, as all people need God’s grace.  “This promise is for you, and for your children” (Acts 2:39a).  “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these” (Matthew 19:14).

 

Confirmation

Time: 4:30-5:30 p.m. Wednesdays during the school year

Grades: 5-8

This is a four year program that covers the basics of the Christian faith.  Years one and two are known as Confirmation I and cover the Old and New Testaments, providing students with in-depth knowledge of the Bible.  Years three and four are known as Confirmation II and cover the catechism by exploring the Ten Commandments, Apostles Creed, Lord’s Prayer, Baptism, Lord’s Supper, and other related subjects. 

Each level of Confirmation has assigned memory work drawn from what the students learn.  Seventh and eighth graders in Confirmation II typically serve as acolytes during Sunday worship services.

 

Marriage

Wedding ceremonies at our congregation are generally reserved for those who are affiliated with our ministry.  Preparation for a wedding ceremony includes Bible-based pre-marriage meetings with the pastor, as well as a multiple-session couples Bible study on marital issues like conflict and communication, which the couple completes in consultation with the pastor.

 

Funerals

Although funerals come at a time of personal grief and loss because a loved one has departed this life, they are also times to share the comforting joyful news of eternal life through Jesus Christ.  As Jesus says, “He who believes in me will live, even though he dies” (John 11:25b).  Funeral arrangements are made by working with the pastor.  Funerals provide a worship service of Christian encouragement and Gospel proclamation to members who have lost loved ones.