What we believe

Vantaa parishes preaches the gospel of the loving God as revealed in Jesus Christ. Our background is firmly in the Lutheran tradition and we are members of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Finland.

For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life.
John 3:16 

► Read more about the Christian faith on the website of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Finland.

► Study the Catechism of the Church online.

► If you wish to know more, contact your local parish.

You do not need to be a member or even be interested in joining the church to learn more about Christianity and the Evangelical Lutheran Church.

God is with us all through our lives. He serves us in His Word and Sacraments and blesses us when we celebrate the important moments of our lives.

How we worship

Sunday Mass

The worship service, or Mass, is held every Sunday in the churches of Vantaa parishes usually at 10 AM. At Mass we pray, sing and learn more about Jesus and God. The church service is a place where God nurtures our faith by serving us.

You are welcome to join us in any service even if you do not speak Finnish.

► There are also regular services in English and other languages in Vantaa and in the capital region, see our calendar of activities.

Sacrament of Baptism and other services

The Evangelical Lutheran church recognizes two visible signs of God's grace called sacraments: the sacrament of the Eucharist (or Holy Communion) and the sacrament of Baptism.

In addition to these major celebrations, the Church is here to convey God's blessing on its members throughout their lives. The confirmation service, church wedding, small cross on the casket of a deceased... All of them strengthen our hope in both life and death. God's blessing carries us throughout our lives and He is present in the celebrations of our life.

Prayer

You can pray to God in your own words and your own way. Sometimes you may find the right words in prayers composed by other people.

In the Bible, Jesus teaches his students one prayer. The prayer is known as the Lord's Prayer:

Our Father, who art in heaven,
hallowed be thy Name, 
thy kingdom come, 
thy will be done, 
on earth as it is in heaven. 

Give us this day our daily bread. 
And forgive us our trespasses, 
as we forgive those
who trespass against us. 

And lead us not into temptation, 
but deliver us from evil. 

For thine is the kingdom, 
and the power, and the glory, 
for ever and ever. Amen.

An open Bible with a small crown of thorns on top. The crown casts a shadow shaped like a heart on the Bible.