We believe that God is present and active in every event in our lives. But there are certain milestones and major life passages where we want to especially include God in our celebrations and give thanks for God’s presence in our lives. Within our congregation, we celebrate several of those milestones. There are also a few life events where people who are not part of any congregation will often turn to a church. The most common events are baptisms, weddings, and funerals.

Baptismal Font

Baptism

Baptism is an extremely important part of the life of the church and marks the beginning of the life of faith for the person baptized. Baptism is derived from the word meaning “washing.” In this rite, the person being baptized is made a member of the body of Christ generally, and our congregation specifically. We also believe that in the action of being baptized, the person is tied to Christ and receives the promise of new life that Jesus makes possible through his own death and resurrection.

In the Lutheran church, baptism is one of two sacraments. It is where we follow the command and example of Christ and re-enact a sacred moment when God’s word, and earthly symbols come together to show us a tangible sign of God’s grace. We normally baptize people when they are infants, but baptisms may happen at any age. The bible specifically says that there is only one baptism (Ephesians 4:1-6) so we never re-baptize someone who has been baptized in another Christian faith tradition. And because baptism itself is a free gift from God, we never charge a fee or expect a donation for a baptism.

If you are considering being baptized or having a family member baptized, here are some things you should know:

  • Baptisms can be arranged on most Sundays of the year. However we do plan well in advance, so try to give us as much notice as possible.
  • We don’t do ‘private’ baptisms. Because the congregation promises to take an active role in faith life of the person being baptized, they need to be present for the sacrament. The pastor will baptize someone at your home or in another location, but the congregation needs to be invited too.
  • The pastor insists on meeting with the person being baptized (and parent(s) when a child is to be baptized) in advance. The purpose is to talk about what baptism is and what it means, and also to make everyone aware of some of the expectations and promises made during the rite.
  • The person being baptized will need two sponsors (commonly referred to as ‘godparents’). These people will support and encourage the baptized person as they grow in their faith. If possible, the pastor wants to meet with them too. And we will have some reading for them.
  • This is a significant day in someone’s life and worth celebrating. Invite friends and family to be a part of the celebration!

If you want to know more, you can contact us through our web form, or you can email the pastor directly.

Wedding

Weddings

There are few events associated with the church like a wedding. On a day when two people join their lives together, we are happy to be a part of bringing God’s blessing into that newly formed family. In fact, we hope to be a part of the ongoing support and care for couples both before and well after the wedding ceremony.

We know that each and every couple has their own ideas of what they would like the ceremony to look like. We are more than happy to talk through ideas and customize the ceremony to fit your tastes. If you have a minister in the family who you would like to have officiate, we can accommodate that too. Let us know how we can help in this important day.

If you are considering hosting your marriage ceremony at Sherwood Park Lutheran Church, here are some things you should know:

  • Book your date early. Many people book dates one to two years in advance. Our pastor and staff take holidays. We can’t guarantee that the church will be available if your request comes last-minute.
  • We perform marriages for anyone who is legally eligible to be married in the province of Manitoba.
  • We require couples to complete some form of pre-marriage counseling before the wedding. This is not to ‘approve’ a marriage, but rather to give some tools to couples that will be valuable in their lives together. Couples have some options for pre-marriage counseling. They can:
    • Meet in person with our pastor who is trained in pre-marriage counseling. After an initial assessment, there will be between 4 and 8 one-hour sessions. Ideally, these would be completed several months before the wedding and prior to planning the ceremony itself.
    • Attending a group seminar. In Winnipeg, we recommend Marrying Well, but there may be others as well.
    • Engaging the service of a private counselor who specializes in marriage or pre-marriage counseling.
  • What will it cost? Here is our current fee schedule. If you have any questions, contact us.

Funeral

Funerals

Funerals can be a difficult time for families and friends. While we do celebrate the life and memories of the person who has died, we also bring emotions like grief, anger, guilt, and helplessness. Many of us also bring questions. Whether you are a member of our congregation or not, we are here to explore those questions with you.

As a Christian church, Sherwood Park Lutheran Church conducts funerals with a clear view of God’s place in this life passage. We give God thanks for our loved. We pray to God and give voice to our grief. We remind each other and take comfort in God’s promise of new life through the work of Christ. We look forward in hope to an everlasting life for our loved one.

Our pastor conducts funeral services in our church building, at funeral homes, graveside services, and private homes… anywhere you feel would best suit your family. We understand that you want to celebrate your loved one’s life in your own special way, and we will meet with the family to personalize and customize the funeral or memorial service. Whether your service involves cremation or burial, we would be honoured to accompany your family through a trying and difficult time.

If you are considering Sherwood Park Lutheran Church for funeral services, here are some things you should know:

  • You do not need to be a member of our congregation to hold a funeral here.
  • We understand that this time can be overwhelming. We will work closely with the funeral home of your choice to take of the details.
  • We try to personalize the service as much as possible. Feel free to tell us what would be meaningful for you as you say goodbye.
  • What will it cost? Here is our current fee schedule. If you have any questions, contact us.