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When two people become one in marriage it is one of the biggest steps they will ever take.
To help the bride and groom stray true to their vows, a wedding in the church surrounds the couple not only with romance, but the strength of God’s blessing, the Christian Story as a guide for life and a community of support which becomes their ‘God Family.’
To help you, here are some pictures of St. John’s Montreux from outside and inside.
Use the 'contact' page to enquire about getting married at St. John’s or by Fr. Paul in another Church.
Click here for a pdf of the marriage services
Welcome of Newborn Babies
Baptism isn't for everyone because the promises people make are specifically to do with becoming a Christian and a member of the Church. This is especially so in these times when so many people are 'put off' by the hypocrisy of the Church's saying one thing and then doing another. This does not ever mean that God does not want to help us, or welcome a new life. Our experience is that many people, for whom Baptism is not the best option, really want to say 'Thank you' to God, and to give their new baby a name, and to invite their wider family into their life for help and support.
We are trying to reduce the hypocrisy both by taking our baptismal promises very seriously, and at the same time by offering some other options that may suit you better. At St. John's we have developed a service that helps people to do this. Instead of asking people to come to our church at our time to do 'our thing', we conduct a "Naming, Blessing and Thanksgiving for Birth" service. This lets you choose your own day, time and place and to write your own words. We are very happy to help in whatever way we can in this process. To see one version of a 'Naming Blessing and Thanksgiving Service' click on this link .
When Someone Dies
When someone dies, the most common first reaction is one of shock and numbness. Having a person who knows what to do can be a great help. If you would appreciate such help then
Fr. Paul will be most willing to help you with the Church Service arrangements for your loved one who has died.
Click on this 'Contact' link for details.
Some Practices Surrounding Death from the Past: Because Christians believe that no one is ever out of the loving care of God, they have not been afraid of death. This is why we have cemeteries and memorial gardens in Church yards. These people are the ones who have gone before us in the faith, and are now watching us, like athletes who have already competed in their events, watching how we will go. Christians take heart from the examples of their 'ancestors' in the faith and regularly remember them (they are the 'Saints'), and all who have died before us.
In the Catacombs: When I visited Rome, I heard this great story. In the Catacombs, one of the most common images was that of Jesus as a very young 'Good Shepherd.' The reason why this picture was so common was this: Many people had died in Rome as Martyrs. Others had betrayed the faith and burned incense at the shrine of Caesar or handed over copies of the Scriptures to be burned. The Church asked 'Can we bury these people along with our martyrs?' 'YES! Came the reply.' It is God who judges, not we and the Good Shepherd goes after the lost sheep, even in death.' This is a wonderful sign of God's love toward us, even as we approach death.
Click here for a sample of a Funeral Service.
Many people celebrate special occasions with a service in Church or other form of blessing.
Here are some examples
Blessing of a New Home
We also offer services
On the anniversary of the death of a loved one or
when thanking God for recovering from an illness
St John’s is here to help you. You can also contact us
If you or someone close to you becomes ill
If you or someone close to you is nearing the end of their life