Welcome to St. John’s Lutheran Church, Snyder a Congregation of Lutheran Church – Canada East District
Welcome! We would like to introduce you to our spiritual home – the place where the Holy Spirit of God calls, gathers and enlightens us in the Name of our Lord Jesus Christ.
The Rev. Darryl R. Stefanik, Pastor
History: The history of the Lutheran people of Snyder dates back to the early 1800’s. St. John’s located at Snyder (known then as New Germany, because many of it’s inhabitants were from the Alsace and neighbouring districts of Germany) was built after several other churches were built in the area and was dedicated on January 19, 1868. St. John’s called their own pastor and held Christian services of worship in which the Gospel was preached, the Lord’s Supper was received, new children of God were baptized, and God was praised in hymns and prayer. Today St. John’s continues this mission of bringing the Gospel to all people.
Worship: Our parish family continues to gather on Sunday mornings for the Divine Service and the Sacrament of the Altar. We also worship on the major Holy Days of the Church Year, and offer special mid-week services in Advent and Lent. Our form of worship is the traditional Lutheran liturgy. In the services, Christ speaks to us in his Scriptures and offers us his true Body and Blood in the Sacrament of the Altar. We, in turn, respond with our own sacrifice of praise and thanksgiving. The liturgy is the place where God applies to us the forgiveness of sins and the eternal life which Christ won for us on the Holy Cross.
Learning: St. John’s makes available a number of opportunities for learning more about the faith which we confess. Our Sunday School includes classes for all ages (pre-school through adult) which meet before the worship services every Sunday morning. We conduct a two-year Confirmation course for students in grades six, seven and eight in order to integrate our young people into full participation in our sacramental life. We also offer, as needed, an Adult Membership Class which presents the basic doctrines of Holy Scripture and prepares adult inquirers for active membership in the Lutheran Church.
Service: We give thanks to God for the many volunteers who generously offer their time and talents for the ministries of our parish. These Christians serve God because they are grateful for the gift of eternal life which he has given us in Christ, and because they are eager to share their blessings with others. In our community of believers, everyone is most welcome to participate in activities.
Fellowship: Because we recognize that each one of us is a gift from God, we value each other’s company. We demonstrate this at a number of parish functions, including pot-luck suppers, coffee hours, and seasonal parties, get-togethers and outings.
Please Join Us: We are happy to welcome new people to our church, and we would love to have you become a part of our family. If you would like to know more about St. John’s, please contact Pastor. We look forward to seeing you!
What We believe:
1. We believe that Jesus Christ was God’s only Son who died on the cross, taking the punishment we deserved for our sin. We believe He rose from the dead and gives us eternal life.
2. We believe the Bible is the Word of God and is the foundation of all Christian belief and speaks God’s message to our world today.
3. We believe that no matter how hard we try and how many good things we do, we cannot earn God’s favour. By nature we are at odds with God, therefore His forgiveness of our sins is based solely on His gracious love for us, a gift from His hand received by faith.
4. The faith by which we receive God’s forgiveness is His gift to us.
These four beliefs are the foundation of our congregation’s beliefs:
Christ, Scripture, Grace, and Faith