St. John Lutheran Church

The Purple Door Church

1100 North Main St.  Celina, OH 45822


Purple Door


WELCOME To Purple Door Kids! A children's ministry encompassing birth through 6th grade.


Worship on Wednesdays 

Wednesday Night W.O.W.  where we are Hanging on Every Word! W.O.W. takes place every year from September through April. We start each night with a free will donation meal served by one of our 7 volunteer meal teams from 5:30pm to 6:25pm every Wednesday evening. After you check-in, your child is free to play Gaga Ball or Basketball in our Family Life Center until classes start at 6:30pm. Preschool and Kindergarten aged children report to the octagon. First through Fourth grade start in the Sanctuary. Fifth and Sixth grade class is in room 106-A. Each month we embark on a four week journey through a bible story to Spark and Connect the children's faith with Jesus. We have music, art, science, cooking, drama, games, movie, and POPCORN!

Kid's Praise

Kids Praise is Sunday School for children age 3 through 4th grade. We offer Kids Praise during our 9:15 Contemporary and 10:45 Traditional services. After the children's sermon, at the parents discretion, children are invited to be lead to the Octogon by trained volunteers to hear the same bible story Pastor will be giving his serom on, in a FUN, developmentally appropriate way.  Click here to fill out the Kid's Praise Information Card 



Why do we Baptize? It is the great commission of our Lord Jesus that we would, “go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.” Matt 28:19  Through water and the Word of God in baptism, we are liberated from sin and death by being joined to the death and resurrection of Jesus. Rom 6:3-4 God uses baptism to bring about faith. In baptism, we are “born again of the Spirit” John 3:5 to begin a new life freed in Christ to love God and serve others.


Schedule the Baptism

The first step scheduling a baptism is to call or email our receptionist Rachel at or (419) 586-2332.  Or contact Pastor Jeff Gramza at: or (419) 586-2332 to ask questions or to schedule a baptism.


Common Questions


What is an appropriate age for baptism?

Since the first days of the Christian Church, infants and adults have been baptized. We believe God is the one who acts at baptism through the earthly element of water connected to God’s unshakable promise. When infants are baptized, parents make promises for their child until the child is old enough to affirm these promises for themselves at Confirmation.


Do I have to be a member?

No. Baptism is open to all who believe and wish to be baptized in the name of God the Father, Jesus Christ the Son, and the Holy Spirit, whether you are a member of St. John Lutheran Church or not.  While congregation membership is not a requirement, we do believe a person is joined to the community of faith through baptism. In baptism, commitments are made to enter a life-long journey of faith within a congregation. We encourage families to be connected to a faith community. If you don’t have a church home, please consider the Purple Door Church as your church family.


What if I was baptized and raised in another faith tradition?

We believe there is only one lifelong Christian baptism in the triune God (The Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit). There is no need to “re-baptize” when someone comes to the Lutheran church from another Christian faith, or if someone who has been baptized feels they have fallen away from the faith. Baptism is about God’s promise to you.  God’s word at baptism holds firm!  God never falls away from you.


 Baptismal Sponsors/God Parents

One or more persons of your choosing will stand with you during the baptism. Sponsors have a calling to encourage the child in Christian faith. Sponsors can be any family member or friend who is a baptized Christian.


Can I do a private baptism?

We do not perform private baptisms at St. John Lutheran Church. Baptism is entry into a community of faith, where the people of St. John Lutheran make promises to love, support, and pray for the one baptized.


So I’ve been baptized. What now?

Baptism is not a “one and done” event. Baptism is the first milestone in a life-long journey of faith in community with other believers in the world.  If you are baptizing your child, you are making promises to teach them the Christian faith, to bring them to worship, and to attend worship yourself. It’s important you work on your own spirituality to help them grow in their baptismal relationship with God.

Other Children's 


Vacation Bible School

We hold VBS at the end of July early August every year. Vacation Bible School is a fun journey with friends and God. Each VBS offers skits, games, crafts, science experiments, teaching, and interactive engaging lessons. VBS is open to all ages 3 through 6th grade. Not in the required aged group? Don't Worry! You can still take part in VBS other ways. Contact Jenelle Gross and see how you can be a part of this week long journey. 


Every Sunday during the 9:15 Contemporary service and 10:45 Traditional service in room 101 of the Education Wing, we offer services for children newborn through 3 years old. Our volunteer staff consists of one adult and youth assistant. During the school year from September through April  on Wednesday nights we offer nursery services during our W.O.W. program from 6:15-7:30pm.  Click here to fill out the nursery information card 

Children in Worship


Your child is precious in God's eyes and treasured in our worship space. St. John's strives to involve children in all parts of our service, from singing and reading to receiving communion. We want your child to hear the great story of God's love. 


Worship Bags

Worship bags are available at each of our services. These bags are full of "quiet" activities for our youngest worshippers. 


Children's Message 

Children's Sermons are also offered each week. Children are called forward to hear a mini sermon based on the day's bible lessons. Through stories or object lessons, our pastor and lay leaders help relate biblical themes in ways that kids can understand and apply to their lives. 



All ages are welcome to the Lord's table for communion. Each spring we offer a class to introduce children to communion and answer questions from parents, followed by a celebration of First Communion at a Sunday Service.


When is my child ready?

If your child is baptized, then your child is ready.  But if you are still wondering, here are some questions:

·Can the child receive a gift of love with “no strings attached?”


·Is the child asking questions about Holy Communion?


·Is there a verbal desire being expressed to receive communion?


·Does the child want to extend his or her hand to receive communion?


·Does the child participate in the worship service (sings along in worship, says the Lord's prayer, etc.)?


·Does the child talk about feeling left out when other family members commune?


First Communion Class

We offer a formal class once a year during the season of Lent.  If you are interested in the class, if you have questions about the class, or if you’d like to sign up for the class, please contact Pastor Jeff Gramza.  Because our regularly scheduled class does not meet the calendar constraints of some families, we are pleased to offer individual classes.


We love to have your child with us for worship and hope that each time they are here they experience God's love and presence in their lives.