Holy Baptism at St. John’s
Holy Baptism is the way God adopts us as his children, makes us members of Christ’s body, and passes on to us the care and stewardship of God’s life in this world.
Known as a sacrament in the Episcopal Church, a particular way God shares his life with us, Holy Baptism is appropriate and available for all ages. Infants, young children, and adults may be baptized. Parents with young babies and children gather in a class designed for them and led by clergy. Adults prepare for baptism through one of our faith formation classes and through meeting with the clergy. Individuals and families also prepare for baptism by becoming members of St. John’s.
Baptism is typically celebrated with the Holy Eucharist on these Sundays of the year: Feast of the Baptism of our Lord (January), one Sunday in Winter, Easter Vigil (March or April), Pentecost (May or June), one to two Sundays in the summer, one Sunday in Fall, and All Saint’s Sunday (November). Adults may wish to reaffirm their commitment to Christ through confirmation or renewal of the baptism promises. Conversation, study, and preparation lead you to a deeper relationship with God and others in Jesus Christ. Please contact St. John’s parish administrator, Denise Mogavero, at 410-461-7793, to inquire about scheduling a baptism.
Holy Matrimony at St. John’s
Congratulations! Celebrating your engagement and planning for marriage is an exciting time. Holy Matrimony in the Episcopal Church is a sacramental rite, a particular way God shares his love with us and blesses the commitment made in marriage. The bond of marriage is nourished and sustained through this gift of God’s love on your wedding day as well as through the Christian community where you are an active participant.
Couples prepare for marriage by becoming members of St. John’s typically six months before the wedding, attending premarital preparation meetings with the clergy, and attending the Marriage Preparation Weekend. Contact the Marriage Coordinator, Denise Mogavero or call 410-461-7793.
Confirmation at St. John’s
Confirmation is the sacramental rite in which baptized persons "express a mature commitment to Christ, and receive strength from the Holy Spirit through prayer and the laying on of hands by a bishop" (BCP, p. 860). Confirmation is no longer seen as the completion of Christian initiation, nor is Confirmation a prerequisite for receiving communion.
St. John’s confirmation program for youth is part of the J2A program. It seeks to provide students with a lively experience within the "Body of Christ," so that they might make informed decisions about their recommitment to Christ as children of God. Youth are confirmed at the end of J2A, when they are in 9th or 10 grade.
St. John’s adults are invited to attend Foundations of Faith, a course in living the Christian life in the Episcopal and Anglican tradition for adults aged 18 and up. It serves as preparation for an adult wishing to be baptized, confirmed, or received into the Episcopal Church.
At St. John’s, those who have been sacramentally confirmed in the Roman Catholic or Orthodox churches are received and others are confirmed. Those who have returned from a time of religious inactivity to an active practice of faith may publicly reaffirm their baptismal vows. Others who have experienced a renewal of faith or desire to renew their Christian commitment may also reaffirm their baptismal vows.
Confirmation for St. John’s parishioners takes place in May, either in our historic church (in alternate years) or in another diocesan parish. The bishop is present and lays hands on each candidate for Confirmation. The Book of Common Prayer provides specific prayers to be said by the bishop for Confirmation, for Reception, and for Reaffirmation. The bishop may shake hands with those who are being received to welcome them into this communion, and the bishop may lay hands on them in blessing. The bishop may also bless those who reaffirm their baptismal vows.
Funerals at St. Johns
If you are grieving the loss of a loved one, please contact St. John’s parish office, 410-461-7793, to speak to a member of the clergy. A staff member will be able to give you information about funeral services at St. John’s.