How can I join Church of the Saviour?
New member orientation classes are offered four times each year (see the bulletin or Chimes newsletter for schedule of upcoming classes). The class meets four times, 90 minutes each meeting, childcare available upon request. The classes cover information about the United Methodist Church in general, and the unique community that is Church of the Saviour. After completion of the classes, new members are welcomed into the congregation during Sunday morning worship services.
Are there opportunities to participate in local or global mission projects?
Church of the Saviour is involved in many outreach projects, both locally and globally. There are service opportunities for people of all ages, interests, and abilities. Click here for detailed information
Can I get married at Church of the Saviour?
Marriage is one of the most important commitments of your lives where you declare your lifelong love and devotion to each other. The Service of Marriage in the United Methodist Church is a sacred ceremony. It acknowledges God’s presence and blessing upon your union. The ministers, staff and congregation are pleased and honored to be a part of this important event.
There are many details involved in planning a wedding, so we have a team of church staff to help you through the process. The administrative assistant coordinates the availability of facilities, dates and pastors. The minister who performs the ceremony meets with you for at least three pre-marital counseling sessions. The organist works with you in selecting music appropriate to a Christian service of worship. The wedding coordinator assists you in planning the details of your wedding ceremony.
There are three unique locations within the church where the vows are said before God, family and friends. The Sanctuary and the Great Hall are only available to members of our church. However, the smaller, quaint Myers Chapel, which seats about 75 people, is open to both members and non-members providing clergy are available on the date desired.
Your marriage ceremony at Church of the Saviour will be a memorable and joyous event. Our prayers are with you as you begin planning for one of the most important days of your lives.
Can I have my child baptized at Church of the Saviour?
Baptism is one of two sacraments celebrated in the United Methodist Church (The other is Holy Communion.) Baptism is the sacrament of initiation into the church. It is appropriate at any age. When parents bring young children for baptism, the parents answer the questions on behalf of their children. The main question is: Do you confess Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour, put your whole trust in God’s grace, and promise to serve him (Jesus) as your Lord, in union with the church which Christ ahs opened to people of all ages, nations, and races? As the children grow, the parents (and the congregation) teach the little ones what it means to be a baptized person, a follower of Jesus. The whole church helps take responsibility for the baptized child by providing child care, Sunday school, Vacation Bible School, children’s choirs (beginning at age 3) and a host of other nurturing activities.
Anyone desiring baptism for themselves or for their children should call the church office at 216-321-8880 to schedule a date and time. Before the baptismal date, there is a meeting to review the meaning of the sacrament and the details with the pastor.
Because baptism means becoming part of the church and the congregation, baptisms are held during the regular worship services. A person may choose to be baptized at the 8:30, 9:30, or 11 a.m. service. Any of the pastoral staff may be requested to perform the baptism. No special clothing is required. Typically, a few drops of water are placed on the person’s head in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Baptism by immersion may be requested and scheduled as time and place allow.
There is no special financial charge for baptism. Frequently parents will make a donation to the Children’s Ministry area of Church of the Saviour or give a donation toward a book for the church library in the child’s honor.
Someone I love has died. Can I have the funeral at Church of the Saviour?
It is fitting and proper to honor the life of one who has died, whether or not the person was a member of Church of the Saviour or any church. The clergy consider it a privilege to provide pastoral care at the time of the loss of a loved one.
The church office should be called (216-321-8880) immediately upon the event of a death. Services can be arranged at a mutually agreeable time with consideration for the family, the pastor’s schedule, the church calendar, the funeral director and the cemetery.
Funerals (casket present) or Memorial Services may be conducted in the sanctuary or Myers Chapel at no charge. There is a charge for the organist, and a custodial fee for non-members. All three pastors are available to conduct funerals and memorial services as their schedules permit. The pastors request a meeting with the family prior to the service to plan a meaningful worship experience that glorifies God and celebrates the life of the deceased.
What do United Methodists believe about Holy Communion?
The Sacrament of Holy Communion is served on the first Sunday of each month at all worship services at Church of the Saviour. The Sacraments may be offered at the Communion rail, by Intinction or served in the pews.
The table of Holy Communion is Christ’s table, not the table of The United Methodist Church or of the local congregation. The table is open to anyone who seeks to respond to Christ’s love and seeks to lead a new life of peace and love, as the invitation to the table says.
The United Methodist Book of Worship says, “All who intend to lead a Christian life, together with their children, are invited to receive the bread and cup. We have no tradition of refusing any who present themselves desiring to receive” (page 29). This statement means that in practice there are few, if any, circumstances in which a United Methodist pastor would refuse to serve the elements of Holy Communion to a person who comes forward to receive.
By Water and the Spirit affirms: “Because the table at which we gather belongs to the Lord, it should be open to all who respond to Christ’s love, regardless of age or church membership. The Wesleyan tradition has always recognized that Holy Communion may be an occasion for the reception of converting, justifying, and sanctifying grace.”
From The Book of Resolutions of The United Methodist Church – 2004. Copyright © 2004 by The United Methodist Publishing House. Used by permission.