Baptisms, Weddings & Burials
Holy Baptism is full initiation by water and the Holy Spirit into Christ’s Body the Church. It is a public statement of one’s intentional decision to follow the way of Jesus. In the case of infant baptism, it is the parents’ declaration of their intent to raise a child in the way of Jesus. The bond which God establishes in baptism is indissoluble, so baptism is only administered once. When you choose to be baptized yourself or to have your child baptized in the Episcopal Church, it means you are choosing to live out the Baptismal Covenant in the context of an Episcopal church community, taking your part in the worship, mission and ministries of the local parish. Baptism is open to all people, regardless of age or background. Contact Trinity’s clergy for further information.
Holy Matrimony is a Sacrament of the Church, as Christian marriage is a covenant that is made out of the Christian commitment of the two people within the context of the life of the congregation and the whole Church. Thus, it is assumed that either the Bride or Groom is an active member of the congregation, and pre-marital counseling by the clergy is required. Contact the clergy for further information.
A death should be reported as soon as possible to the clergy of the parish. All arrangements for burial services are made in consultation with the clergy of the parish. Burial services follow the rites authorized by the Episcopal Church. Christian burials are customarily held in the church but for pastoral reasons may be held at the funeral home or graveside. When possible burial services are to be held at a time and place when family, friends, colleagues and the congregation of the deceased have the opportunity to be present. If cremation is to take place, burial services may be held prior to this, or if held afterwards, the ashes should be present at the service. Contact Trinity’s clergy for further information.