At St. John’s, Holy Baptism is the initiation of children or adults into the full Christian Life. It should be sought only when there is serious intention of the youth or adult, or the family and godparents of an infant or younger child to participate fully and regularly in the life of the church, in worship, educational programs and mission in our community and the world.
Baptism is the symbol of full membership in the Christian community; baptized persons of any age are welcomed to receive Holy Eucharist.
Holy Baptism Dates
Baptism is especially appropriate at the Easter Vigil, the Day of Pentecost, All Saint's Day or the Sunday following, and the Feast of the Baptism of our Lord (the First Sunday after the Epiphany).
If you are interested in Holy Baptism, please contact Kerry Johnson at 704-366-3034, x102.
St. John's offers the sacrament of marriage to the members of our congregation only. We view marriage as solemn and public covenant made in the presence of God. In the Episcopal Church it is required that at least one of the parties must be a baptized Christian; that the ceremony be attested by at least two witnesses; and that the marriage conform to the laws of the State and the canons of this Church. CLICK HERE for more information.
The First Steps
All prospective couples need to speak with one of our priests in order to initiate the wedding preparation process.
After speaking with one of our priests you will be supplied with a copy of St. John's wedding planning guide which has a complete listing of our of our wedding policies and guidelines.
Some of those policies include:
Wedding Policies and Guidelines
Pre-marital and Pastoral Counseling
The canons (rules and regulations) of the Church require that each couple preparing for marriage in the Episcopal Church must undergo pre-marital counseling. Clergy cannot marry couples who have not completed pre-marital counseling.
Weddings may be scheduled at any time by our priest. Weddings are not customarily scheduled during Lent (the forty days preceding Easter) or on major holidays.
The Officiating Priest and the Liturgy
At St. John's it is the norm that our priest conduct the service, however the possibility of guest clergy is permissible. The liturgy of the service also may take various forms as permitted by the canons of the church and the Diocese of North Carolina.
If you are working with an outside wedding consultant, please inform that person that they will not play an active role in the ceremony or the rehearsal.
Funerals at St. John's take place for those members of our congregation who have died. Please contact the parish office to set up a time to talk to our clergy about making these arrangements. All funeral services are conducted according to the rubrics of the Book of Common Prayer with music and other provisions subject to the discretion of our clergy.
Pre-planning your Funeral
We encourage all parishioners to consider funeral planning ahead of time, making choices today that can help create peace of mind in the future. Funeral planning is also a profound help to family members who, in many cases, would be uncertain of how to proceed with a loved one’s wishes. Funeral planning is a concrete way to prepare for a process all of us will experience. Our Christian faith tells us that death, and preparing for that death, is not a failure or the end of hope.
St. John's has prepared information that guides the planning process for all persons involved. Funeral planning is appropriately done in the context of pastoral conversation with our parish priest. Please feel free to contact our priest about initiating the planning process.
The healing rite (Holy Unction) is a sacrament of the Church in which those gathered pray for the healing of those whose health has been compromised. While all healing happens in God's own due season, according to God’s will, the Church still does pray for the wholeness of the entire person: body, mind, and spirit.
Holy Unction & Holy Eucharist:
Tuesdays at Noon in our Chapel
St. John's offers a weekly Healing Service with Eucharist and Anointing. This is a quiet and simple service that provides a time for praying, for healing, and for the more deeply felt presence of God.