We want to be there for you for every step of life's journey from birth to death.
Baptism is a sacrament. Jesus said, “go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit” (Matt. 28:19). First, we get baptized. Then, we invite others to get baptized.
With the Water and Word in Baptism, we become united with the Body of Christ. The living Body of Christ is the Church both militant (made up of our living friends) and triumphant (made up of those who have passed away). Baptism signifies the forgiveness of our sins, the presence of Christ in our heart, and God’s promise that we shall rise like Jesus into everlasting life with God.
Like drowning, we get baptized into Christ’s death. Like rising from death, Baptism becomes a new birth. It is a birth to eternal life. Baptism is a gift of God’s grace.
We do have members of all ages baptized. If you would like more information on how to become baptized, please contact the church office at 707-795-7853 or email@example.com.
First Communion: Holy Communion is a valued sacrament in the Lutheran tradition. In Holy Communion, sometimes called the Eucharist or Sacrament of the Altar, we enjoy the real presence of the dying Jesus of many years ago and the triumphant Christ coming in the future. Time is collapsed when we share in the bread and wine, the body and blood of Jesus Christ.
A Lutheran child's First Communion is an important occasion. At Cross and Crown Lutheran Church and School, we offer communion to a child beginning in first grade, or at the discretion of the pastor. A child is ready to participate in instruction when he or she starts asking questions and wanting to take communion. If you are unsure if your child is ready, please contact Pastor Ted to discuss it with him.
On some occasions, Pastor Ted will distribute post-communion bread – called Antidoron – to the child to munch on. When a child asks for the bread, this suggests he or she might be ready for first communion preparation.
The child and parents will meet with the pastor to discuss what the sacrament means and to walk through the steps of the sacrament. Then a date will be chosen for their first communion.
During our pandemic while the church building is closed to worship, special arrangements will have to be made. Kim and Pastor Ted will make the special arrangements with you.
On the day of the event, Pastor Ted will invite the child and family to come forth first for communion, prior to the congregation.
This is a special Life Passage for your child, and we look forward to being a part of it.
Confirmation, otherwise known as Affirmation of Baptism, is a public rite of the church by which each Christian makes a personal, public confession of faith. Recognizing and relying on God's promise in baptism, the confirmand makes a lifelong pledge to be faithful to Christ.
At Cross and Crown Lutheran Church and School, the typical confirmand is in 7th and 8th grade. Older teenagers are also welcome. The youth meet with the Pastor and confirmation team to study the Bible, Luther’s Small Catechism, and what we Christians believe. Each confirmand (that’s the name for the person preparing for confirmation) will memorize the Ten Commandments, The Lord’s Prayer and the Apostle’s Creed. The final project will be writing an essay describing what grace means to in his or her life.
Our current confirmation class will be participating in 10 Zoom Room gatherings. The first Zoom Room gathering will be Tuesday, May 26, at 2:00 in the afternoon.
After all the Zoom meetings have been completed, the entire group of confirmands will be invited to an overnight retreat. The date is still to be determined. At this retreat the confirmands will create their stoles for Confirmation Sunday. This is a Cross and Crown tradition.
Please contact the church office for more information at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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