Life Events: Baptisms, Weddings & Funerals

Baptisms

Baptism is the beginning of a person’s new life in Christ. The service of baptism is an ancient ritual in which water is poured over a person’s head in the name of the Holy Trinity. Christians have always understood baptism to have tremendous spiritual significance. When we are baptized, we believe we are spiritually reborn; all of our sins and failures are washed away. In baptism, we are committing our lives to Jesus, to follow him, and to proclaim the good news.

If we receive baptism as an adult or older child, we are saying that we believe in Jesus, that we are thankful for his gift of salvation and that we want to spend the rest of our lives following him, learning from him and being in community with other Christians. A parent bringing a child forward for baptism is saying that he or she is a committed Christian and wants to give the Gospel of Jesus to that child and raise it in the community of believers.

If you would be interested in baptism for you or for your child, you are encouraged to start worshipping with us and to speak to Rev. Catherine or Rev. John. We look forward to talking to you.

Weddings

Christian marriage is a lifelong commitment which is a gift of God for the couple’s mutual comfort and help. According to Minnesota law and the policy of the Episcopal Church, two adults, regardless of gender, may be joined in marriage.

If you would like to celebrate your marriage at Christ Church, please call the church for more specific information; however, we can address some frequently asked questions here. We are a liturgical church and have a set service for weddings. We also require couples coming forward for marriage to attend pre-marital counseling. Time must be allowed for that counseling before the wedding. There are costs associated with using the church, engaging the organist, etc. Again, feel free to call us for specific information.

Funerals

Funerals are always difficult, but they are important as a way of allowing family and friends to say goodbye to a loved one, to remember and celebrate his or her life, and to pray and commit that person to the love and mercy of God.

If you would like to talk about a funeral at Christ Church, please call for information.