Baptisms, Weddings, Funerals

Celebration of Baptism

Shepherd of the Valley (SOTV) celebrates the Sacrament of Baptism every second weekend of the month during regular worship services.  We also offer a separate baptism service for families the third weekend of the month at 12:15 pm.

TO SCHEDULE: Please contact Merilu Narum at (952) 985-7326 or merilu.narum@sotv.org to schedule your baptism with the church one to two months in advance.  Baptism forms must be completed prior to scheduling a baptism and are also available at the Welcome Center.

Baptism Class is required only for families preparing for their first baptism at SOTV. Classes are offered every first Thursday of the month (unless it falls on a holiday).

First Communion

The decision of what age children begin taking Communion needs to be made by each family. Some families find 5th grade is a good starting point for attending a communion preparation class, others allow their children to participate in the Lord’s Supper in preschool.  Shepherd of the Valley recognizes that each child is unique and many are ready for communion with their family at differing ages.

Children accompanied by at least one parent or guardian are invited to attend a communion preparation experience. This one-night class (about 60 minutes) is a shared parent/child experience to support a meaningful communion practice. The class includes discussion time, a role-playing skit, tasting of the bread and wine, prayer, presentation and answering children’s questions.

Families are then invited to worship at a church service the following weekend to participate in the celebration of communion together.

Questions? Please contact Jeanne Mikulski at (952) 985-7357 or jeanne.mikulski@sotv.org.

Weddings

At Shepherd of the Valley (SOTV), we believe entering into marriage and planning the wedding ceremony deserve careful consideration. As such, we require a minimum of six months for the booking and planning of your wedding. Also, at least one member of the wedding couple must be a member of SOTV.

Weddings at SOTV are typically scheduled on Saturdays at 2:00 pm. For availability and more information, please contact our Wedding Coordinator, Jill Johnson at (952) 985-7381 or jill.johnson@sotv.org to begin the wedding planning process. We look forward to working with you at this very special time!  
      

Funerals

If a loved one has died and you are interested in planning a visitation, memorial service, or luncheon, please contact Jill Johnson at (952) 985-7381 or jill.johnson@sotv.org.