Welcome to Järvenpää Lutheran Church

We offer worship, church ceremonies, confirmation classes for youth and adults, summer camps and various other activities. We seek to provide pastoral care and counseling for individuals and families.

The Finnish Evangelical Lutheran Church is not a state church but an established church to which the vast majority of the population belong, one which shares in the destiny of the Finnish people.

 

Services of Worship

In Järvenpää the main parish service is held on Sundays at 10 a.m. in Järvenpää church.

Church services mediate the message regarding the meaning of life, eternity and the final destination of mankind. They also act as the instrument of God's blessing on the worshipper.
The worship service or mass is a shared parish celebration and is held every Sunday and feast day. The church service is a time when God nurtures our faith and serves us.

There are other services in a variety of styles available at other times and on other days: The Thomas mass,  Taizé mass, quiet communion, international communion services. More information

Voluntary work

If you wish to help other people, time allowing, you can help with voluntary work. There are a variety of possibilities for acting as a volunteer in Järvenpää parish.
Contact us
Tarja Karhu
Tel.  +358 50 363 2466

If you need help

In Järvenpää church you can find people who are willing to listen to you, and perhaps we can help to find solutions to your problems together.  If you are sad or lonely, you can come to talk with a diaconal worker or pastor.  Church workers and volunteer helpers also visit and assist people with restricted mobility due to old age, illness or disability.

All consultations with a pastor or diaconal worker or others are strictly confidential and free of charge.

The best way to find help is to contact Järvenpää parish office (tel. 09 271 941), and they will indicate the right person to talk to.

Pastors offer:

  • discussion,
  • spiritual and emotional support,
  • family and relationships counselling,
  • confession.

Diaconal workers offer:

  • discussion,
  • financial advice and material assistance,
  • help in dealing with the authorities and filling in forms,
  • family and relationship counselling,
  • emotional support.

Family Counselling Center offers couple and family therapy and counselling. 
    

 

Lutheranism

Lutheranism is a denomination of Protestant Christianity whose roots are found in the teachings of Martin Luther and the 16th-century Reformation. The Finnish Evangelical Lutheran Church recognises the biblical Christian faith, as defined in the three classical Creeds and the Lutheran Confessions. The church teaches that Christ is present in the church through the mediation of God's Word and the sacraments. Christ imparts the grace of salvation to all who believe in him. Salvation is a gift of God, and cannot be earned by works.

Jesus Christ's death on the cross and his resurrection are the foundation of faith and salvation. Faith alone is sufficient for a person to be acceptable to God. True faith is born through God’s Word and the sacraments. There are two sacraments, baptism and holy communion. Although good works do not earn salvation, love of neighbour and helping others are a daily manifestation of faith.

Grace: A person is saved entirely by God's grace, not by his own works.
Faith: Faith alone is sufficient for a person fit to be acceptable to God. True faith is born through God’s Word and the sacraments.
The Bible: All doctrinal issues and definitions are based on the Bible.
Christ: Jesus Christ, his ministry and teachings are the basis of faith and salvation.