I’m interested in a Baptism at Calvary. What’s involved?
We welcome all to the baptism font at Calvary! – both young and old, both members and non-members. At Calvary, baptisms happen in worship, both Sunday mornings and Wednesday evenings. In preparation for baptism, we ask that you – the baptism family, and (if available) your sponsors - attend one of our Baptism orientation class, held monthly at Calvary. (Please note: you can attend the class anytime before the baptism event, even before a baby is born!) For more info, please read our Baptism Brochure . For any additional questions and to schedule your baptism, please contact Cathy in the church office (701-772-4897).
I’m interested in having a wedding at Calvary. What’s involved?
You can reserve a date for your wedding at Calvary by contacting Cathy in the church office. Calvary members can reserve a date at any time; non-members can reserve a date up to 6 months in advance of your desired wedding day. Once your wedding date is reserved, you should contact our wedding coordinator, Gloria Sanford, for a meeting (701-772-4236). All couples getting married at Calvary are also expected to attend a pre-marital retreat, hosted by Life Works. The retreats are Friday evening and Saturday (cost: $300/couple), and occur various weekends in Grand Forks (Nov 2-3, 2012; March 1-2, 2013; April 26-27, 2013) and elsewhere (go to www.lovecommitsucceed.com for more info). All of Calvary’s pastors perform weddings. Once it is determined which pastor you’ll be working with, you will be able to meet with him/her for follow-up from your retreat experience and to work together in planning the wedding service. For additional information, you can view our complete Wedding Book and planning guide (2013) . For a scholarship form for the retreat, click here.
Who is welcome to receive communion at Calvary?
Christ is the host of this table. All baptized Christians who believe that the body and blood of Christ is present for us in this meal and who desire his gifts of forgiveness, life, and salvation are welcome to commune. We have no minimum age. Children are welcome to receive the sacrament as their parents consider it fitting. Worshipers of all ages who wish not to commune may come forward for a blessing.
How is communion served at Calvary?
In contemporary worship, communion is always served by intinction. This means that a wafer of bread will be handed to you by the server, and then you can dip the wafer into the grape juice (we do not use wine in this service). Non-gluten wafers will be served upon request.
In traditional worship, communion is served in various ways. Sometimes we serve by intinction, dipping a wafer into a cup of wine or grape juice (both will be offered). Sometimes worshipers kneel at the altar, and servers give them a piece of bread (non-gluten wafers are available), and then they choose either wine or grape juice served in individual cups from a tray. When you are through communing, you may go back to your seat. There will be one blessing spoken for all at the completion of communion. At every service you attend, you will be guided by ushers. As you put forward your hands to receive the bread and the wine or grape juice you will hear these words addressed to you: “This is the body of Christ, given for you. This is the blood of Christ shed for you.” This is Christ for you.
Do you provide nursery care?
Nursery care is available during worship on Sundays and Wednesdays. It is also available for many other church activities. Calvary’s nursery is staffed by caring adults. The nursery is a cheerful place stocked with plenty of toys, books, activities and music. If you have questions about the nursery, contact Kim Adams at email@example.com.