Baptisms, Weddings & Memorials

Baptism

Baptism is the sacrament of entrance to the community of faith.

Presbyterians baptize adults on their profession of faith, as well as the children of church members. Many Presbyterians are baptized as infants as a sign of God’s love and in recognition of their welcome into our church family. What better way to show God’s unconditional love than to baptize a newborn baby?

Children will speak for themselves and confirm their baptisms in a confirmation program during their teen years. Adults are baptized following instruction in a membership class. Baptism is celebrated in the gathered community of the church in corporate worship, generally on the third Sunday of each month.

Contact Janice Teliczan or 612.332.3421 for dates of baptisms and to arrange for the baptism of a child.

Weddings

Westminster Presbyterian Church offers many beautiful spaces for weddings for members, their children and grandchildren.

Westminster’s policy is that one member of the couple must either be a member of Westminster or the child or grandchild of a member. Learn more about becoming a member here.

Couples who wish to be married at Westminster, whether in the Chapel or the Sanctuary, should begin by contacting Jill Schoen to arrange a tentative date. The couple then will be put in touch with a pastor and the church’s wedding coordinator. Westminster’s music staff will assist the couple in selecting meaningful and appropriate wedding music.

For more information about weddings at Westminster, please review our Wedding Handbook.

Memorial Services

Westminster supports individuals and families through all of life’s transitions, including the death of a loved one.

The Service of Witness to the Resurrection
Our Christian theology shapes not only our beliefs about death, but also how we celebrate the life of the one who has died. The name of the service on the occasion of death is The Service of Witness to the Resurrection, reflecting our fundamental belief that, in Christ, death has been conquered, and the promise of eternal life is affirmed.

Services are provided for both church members and non-members and can be scheduled by contacting one of Westminster’s pastors or Deb Wagner at 612.332.3421.

Resources for Planning a Memorial Service

Advance Planning
We encourage families to engage in advance planning for arrangements at the time of death. In addition to the information about planning a memorial service, the following documents and links may be helpful:

Take a Self-Guided Tour of
Historic Westminster Presbyterian Church

The many beautiful features of Westminster include the sanctuary (built in 1897 and listed on the National Register of Historic Places), the Gothic-style Chapel, the Möller Organ, and an extensive art collection. Download a self-guided tour brochure of Westminster church.