St. John's holds a pre-baptism class entitled "Welcome to the Family!" which explores the Biblical foundation for Baptism, the role of parents and sponsors before, during, and after Baptism, as well as what happens during the liturgy for Holy Baptism. This class is designed for parents and Godparents/sponsors (if available to attend). Child care is available if needed. For those considering Baptism for themselves or their children, please call the church office at 703-971-2210.
Lutheran Christians believe and teach that in the Sacrament of the Altar, the gifts of Christ's true body and blood are given to those who receive the bread and wine. In this sacrament, Christ's people receive forgiveness of sins, strength for our journey of faith, and a foretaste of the heavenly banquet. All who have been baptized into Christ's death and resurrection, and who trust His words that these gifts are given and shed for you for the forgiveness of sins are invited to receive the Sacrament. (Glasses of white grape juice are placed at the center of each individual glass tray to those unable to consume wine.)
Young children who do not receive the Sacrament may come forward for a blessing, crossing their arms over their chest to indicate they will not receive Communion. Children in the 5th Grade (or at least 10 years old) may attend the Early Communion class offered each spring.
Questions for your Communion preparation:
Q: Do you believe you are a sinner?
A: Yes, I believe it; I have failed God and others in my life. I am a sinner.
Q: Are you sorry for your sins?
A: Yes, I am sorry that I have sinned.
Q: Do you need God's help and forgiveness for your life?
A: Yes, I need the gift of life He gives through Jesus.
Q: What has Christ done for you?
A: He died for me and shed His blood for me on the cross for the forgiveness of my sins.
Q: Do you believe that in communion you receive the true body and blood of Christ with the bread and wine?
A: Yes, I believe it because of His Word and promise.