“For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female;for you are all one in Christ Jesus.” ~ Galatians 3: 28
The Meaning of the Sacrament of Baptism
(The Book of Order, Presbyterian Church U.S.A.)
Baptism is a visible sign of God’s love.
a. the faithfulness of God
b. the washing away of sin
d. adoption into the covenant family of the church
e. and resurrection and new life in Christ
For both children and adults, the sacrament is celebrated as part of Sunday worship.
For Infant/Child Baptism: The commitment of baptism is a commitment to raise your child in a church family.
1. Ordinarily one parent will be a member of Southminster. All requests for baptism must be approved by the Session.
2. The parents must attend a baptismal counseling meeting at the church with the Pastor.
3. In the Presbyterian Church, the congregation as a whole assumes responsibility for nurturing the baptized person in the Christian life. In addition, sponsors may be chosen by the parents. Sponsors should be active members of a Christian church.
4. In presenting your child for baptism, you announce your own faith in Jesus Christ, and your desire to raise your child to follow Christ. Please read the following baptismal vows carefully:
• Do you reaffirm your own faith in Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior?
• Do you promise, in reliance upon God’s grace, to set before your child and example of the new life in Christ?
• Do you promise to pray with and for you child, and to bring him/her up in the knowledge of the love of God?
For Adult Baptism: Individual counseling in the sacrament is offered to any teenagers or adults seeking baptism.
Contact the Pastor or Church office for more information.
“Marriage is a gift God has given to all humankind for the well-being of the entire human family. Marriage involves a unique commitment between two people, traditionally a man and a woman, to love and support each other for the rest of their lives. The sacrificial love that unites the couple sustains them as faithful and responsible members of the church and the wider community. In civil law, marriage is a contract that recognizes the rights and obligations of the married couple in society. In the Reformed tradition, marriage is also a covenant in which God has an active part, and which the community of faith publicly witnesses and acknowledges.” -from The Directory for Worship, Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)
Southminster welcomes you in planning your wedding here. We invite couples seeking a Christian ceremony, both members and non-members, to have their ceremony in our sanctuary and outdoor chapel. The marriage ceremony in this church is an act of Christian worship, a service in which two people make a covenant before God and the community of faith, family and friends. By coming to the church for your wedding, you are saying that you want this joyful and sacred ceremony, and your life together will be lived in the presence of God.
FUNERAL & MEMORIAL SERVICES
Jesus said, “I am the resurrection and the life…whoever believes in me will never die.” (John 11:25)
“His loved ones are very precious to Him….” (Psalm 116:15)
“And when I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to Myself, that where I am, you may be also.” (John 14:3)
A funeral at Southminster Presbyterian Church is worship of the living God. The funeral is God’s way of bringing comfort to the hearts of those who mourn as Scripture is read and preached, prayer is offered, praises are sung, grief is expressed, remembrance is cherished, and faith affirmed. The presence of family and friends around at this time supports and strengthens those who grieve. The funeral gives thanks for the life of the one who has passed away and thanks to the God who holds our beloved in everlasting arms.