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Learn more about celebrating major parts of the Christian life—from baptism to marriage to funerals—at St. John’s.

Celebrating the Christian Life

Baptism

The entrance into the full Christian life begins through Baptism. If you have never been baptized, we invite you to explore our life as a Christian community, meet with our clergy, and participate in our annual Basic Christian Formation Class beginning each year in January and continuing through Easter. This also serves as preparation for Confirmation and entrance into the Episcopal Church. If you are a parent of a child to be baptized, we encourage you to participate in this program as well to prepare yourselves for your child’s baptism.

Marriage

There are two ways in which one can get married at St. John’s. The first is to become part of our community and our clergy will officiate at your ceremony. You will have to become a member of the parish with regular attendance for at least six months prior to your wedding date.

Second, if you are a member of another Episcopal Parish in the Diocese of Los Angeles, please contact our parish office for more information.

We believe marriage is the sacramental rite of the church in which two persons “enter into a life-long union, make their vows before God and the Church, and receive the grace and blessing of God to help them fulfill their vows” (BCP, p. 861). To support you in your married life as Christians, clergy will meet with you or marriage preparation sessions several times before your wedding.

Funerals

Funeral rites for the burial of a baptized Christian may include anthems, psalms, scripture readings, prayers and the Holy Eucharist using the liturgy of the Book of Common Prayer

To learn more about holding a funeral at St. John’s, please contact us.

LGBTQ Marriage

Do you perform marriages for LGBTQ people at St. John’s?

The short answer is yes. The Episcopal Church welcomes everyone to become part of the Christian community. St. John’s is a diverse community where many LGBTQ people participate fully in the life of the congregation. Please see the sections above as to how to become part of our congregation. The expectations regarding marriage apply to everyone equally.

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