Rites of Passage

Baptism, Wedding, and Funerals

Baptism

“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

Baptism is a visible sign of God’s love. Baptism signifies: the faithfulness of God, the washing away of sin, rebirth, adoption into the covenant family of the church, and resurrection and new life in Christ

For both children and adults, the sacrament is celebrated as part of Sunday worship.

Contact the Pastor or Church office for more information.

Download Baptism Forms: Information and Permission

Weddings and

Christian Marriage

“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 Constitution of the 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.

Contact the Pastor regarding pre-marital counseling, as well as on-campus and off-campus weddings.

Funerals &

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.

Contact the pastor about planning and conducting services on-campus and off-campus.

Our Connection to the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)

Southminster is a member of the Presbytery of Milwaukee along with other Presbyterian churches in the southeast corner of Wisconsin. Each church is allowed the number of ministers on staff plus an equal number of elders to act as commissioners at four scheduled Presbytery meetings.

The Synod of the Lakes and Prairies includes our Presbytery and 15 other Presbyteries in Wisconsin, Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, and Iowa. Ministers and elders represent each Presbytery at the meetings of the Synod.

The sixteen Synods of the Presbyterian Church (USA) comprise the General Assembly. Two ministers, two elders, and one youth delegate represent the Milwaukee Presbytery at the biannual meetings of the General Assembly.

Southminster, as a part of The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), is in full communion with: the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, the United Church of Christ, the Reformed Church in America, the Moravian Church (North and South Provinces), and member churches of the World Communion of Reformed Churches. We are also in Covenant Partnership with member churches of Churches Uniting in Christ , and a deepening Ecumenical Agreement with The Episcopal Church.

Adopted by the Session 11/24/15

Office Hours:

Monday-Friday: 8am-12pm

Appointments are always encouraged and can be scheduled outside of the regular office hours

Please contact Steph Gallagher in the church office to schedule an appointment

Office Phone: 262-547-5100

200 Richard Street
Waukesha, WI 53189

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