Sacraments and Ceremonies


Baby Dedications

We typically dedicate babies under two years old and hold dedications every six months.  The dedication ceremony is a time that the parents publicly commit themselves before God and the congregation to raise the child according to the Christian faith.  Baby dedication is a church tradition and is not required biblically, but it is clearly encouraged.  It is not a church ordinance on the same level as communion or water baptism. Dedicating your child does not mean that the child is “saved” or “born again.” Becoming a follower of Jesus is a choice each person must make for themselves.  Dedication is also a special time for the congregation to agree in prayer and blessing for the family. Family and friends are often invited to witness this special ceremony.

 

Weddings

We are glad you have chosen to be married in the church! Here at The Vineyard Church we believe weddings are a significant ceremony before God to celebrate the beginning of a life-long marriage covenant between a man and a woman. We are pleased to be able to offer our facility as a place for wedding ceremonies to take place. Your marriage is a sacred understanding.  It is a happy occasion, but above all you must remember that a church wedding is a worship service. Vineyard of Gainesville, in order to help you maintain the sacredness of this occasion, is committed to using only ceremonies that reflect a Christian understanding of marriage.  Our church makes a concentrated effort to keep the ceremony a true worship experience.  Please contact the church office for more information on weddings.

Communion

Communion, sometimes called the Eucharist or the Lord’s Supper, is an essential act of worship here at the Vineyard.  Communion, rooted in the Jewish Passover Feast, has come to be called the Last Supper, Jesus shared Passover with his most intimate followers on the night he was betrayed. At that Passover, Jesus taught his disciples that the meal was a symbol that pointed to him. He was the spotless lamb whose body was broken and whose blood was shed for the forgiveness of sins.  When faith is present, communion is a dynamic event and a channel of God’s love. When we take communion, we share bread and the fruit of the vine, remembering our Lord’s sacrifice on our behalf. We also celebrate the new covenant relationship believers have with God by faith in Christ’s death, burial, and resurrection.

We offer communion every Sunday. On the first Sunday of the month, we incorporate a time of corporate communion into the service. All followers of Jesus are welcome to take part in act of worship with a ceremony of remembering.

Baptism

Contact our church office to find out when the next baptism is scheduled!  We hold them often! We would encourage you to invite friends and relatives, since it is a wonderful opportunity to declare your aligning life toward Jesus. Click on the above link for a helpful brochure outlining many questions and answers concerning baptism. Please feel free to contact our office or leaders if you have any other questions or concerns about baptism.