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From birth to death and at major mileposts along the way, the church has always been present to celebrate and affirm God’s love and faithfulness.

Celebrating God’s Love and Faithfulness During Life’s Journey

In addition to our regular weekly worship life together, St. Philip the Deacon also celebrates a number of special occasions during the course of a lifetime. These include baptism, first communion, confirmation, weddings and funerals. We are happy to walk with you in planning and preparing for these important events.

The journey of the Christian life is marked by many life passages with Baptism as the primary one. In the waters of Baptism we are named and claimed as God’s own. From this moment on, all times and occasions of life are accompanied by the presence of God who walks with us and makes himself known to us. Through worship at times of birth, confirmation, marriage, death, and others, our relationship with Jesus Christ is affirmed and celebrated.

Baptism

By water and the Holy Spirit we are reborn children of God.

Baptism workshops for parents, expectant parents, sponsors and grandparents of infants and young children are held regularly, and are oriented toward those who are having a child baptized at St. Philip the Deacon. Baptisms of older children and adults are also encouraged, and can be arranged by contacting any of the pastors.

To register for a workshop, schedule a baptism or for more information contact: Rachel El Hilali, Director of Early Childhood Ministry at 763-475-7129 or by email.

Download the Baptism Information Form to prepare for your workshop or meeting.

First Communion

The body of Christ given for you. The blood of Christ, shed for you.

Through the sacrament of Holy Communion, Christians have been nourished at God’s table ever since Jesus first shared this sacred meal with the disciples.

A family-centered workshop to prepare children in grades two through five for the reception of their first communion is offered three times per year. Children and their parents make the decision when to enroll. Generally, children are ready for instruction when they start asking questions about their faith and Holy Communion.

If you receive Holy Communion in your home congregation you are welcome to receive Holy Communion at St. Philip the Deacon. Holy Communion is celebrated every week at our services on Saturday evening, Sunday at 11:00, and Monday evening. Communion is celebrated at all services on the first Sunday of the month and at festival Sundays like Pentecost, Christ the King and All Saints.

For more information contact: Trisha Ragner, Director of Special Programming for Children at 763-475-7119 or by email.

Confirmation

Stir up the gift of your Holy Spirit.

The three years of Middle School are a time of learning and preparation for the Affirmation of Baptism (Confirmation) when young people claim for themselves the faith in which they were baptized. It is a time of making new friends, learning about the Bible and the history of God’s people, and serving other people.

During the program year, Confirmation meets on Wednesday Evenings from 6:30-7:30 p.m., with time for a meal and fun activities starting at 5:45. Each week includes a time for large group teaching for all grades in Confirmation, as well as time for small groups of 8-10 students in the same grade, where students can discuss topics in more depth. Some weeks of Confirmation focus on service, fellowship and worship.

All Are Welcome

We welcome new middle schoolers to confirmation and our middle school ministry events throughout the year.

For more information contact: Clay Thomas, Director of Middle School Ministry at 763-475-7167 or by email or contact Deb August, Youth Team Administrator at 763-475-7162 or by email

Weddings

I give you this ring as a sign of my love and faithfulness.

Congratulations on your engagement!

We look forward to helping you make this a most special day in your lives. To schedule a wedding at St. Philip the Deacon, follow these steps:

Step 1

Contact our Membership Coordinator, Nancy Bixby at 763-475-7166 or by email, to check for availability for your prefered date.

Please provide information on: names of bride and groom, prefered date and time of wedding, who is a member* of the church (bride, groom, or parents), contact phone, email and mailing address.

Step 2

If availability is confirmed, you will be assigned a wedding coordinator, who will contact you to arrange a meeting to answer your questions and help you plan.

* Important Note: Because we believe that marriage requires not only the love and commitment of the individuals being married, but also the support and accountability of a community of faith, wedding services at St. Philip the Deacon are held only for members of the congregation or children of members.

For more information, please download our Wedding Information Form.

Funerals

Into your hands, O merciful Savior, we commend your servant.

If you are planning the funeral of a loved one, please know that our prayers are with you during this difficult time. We pray that you would be comforted by the memory of your loved one, and strengthened by the hope and promise of the resurrection for the days ahead.

We want to be as helpful to you as we can. Please take a moment to download this small booklet, Funeral/Memorial Service Workbook, which may be helpful with funeral arrangements.  

For scheduling a funeral or other questions, please contact the church office at 763-475-7100.

“Surely, God is my salvation;
I will trust and not be afraid.
The Lord, the Lord is my strength and my song;
He has become my salvation.”
-Isaiah 12:2

— CHRISTIAN WISDOM —

“This life was not intended to be the place of our perfection, but the preparation for it.”

Richard Baxter