Baptism is how a person becomes a Christian. It is how you get adopted into the family of God. It is how you say that you intend to follow Jesus as your Lord and Savior. It is one of the two great sacraments (holy celebrations) in the Episcopal Church. In baptism, an adult–or the parents and godparents if it is a child–stand before God and the gathered community of faith to renounce evil and to give one’s life to Christ.
At St. Michael’s, the sacrament of baptism is available to anyone of any age. If it is an adult, we expect that person will live out their newfound faith as a member of our community, worshipping with us weekly and sharing in our fellowship. If it is a child, we expect that the parents will be committed to raising their child in the Christian faith, bringing their son or daughter to worship, to Sunday School and to youth classes until he or she is old enough to decide independently if they want to be confirmed.
Baptism is offered on special days throughout the year, but always at a regular church service, and never privately. Baptism classes are also required prior to the sacrament. Baptism is a serious and eternal commitment to Jesus Christ. It is, in many ways, the most important day of a person’s life. At St. Michael’s, we would be delighted to walk with you as you make this commitment to Christ.
The words of the Episcopal marriage service state that “marriage is not to be entered into unadvisedly or lightly, but reverently, deliberately, and in accordance with the purposes for which it was instituted by God.” At St. Michael’s, we take seriously the business of marriage … not just the wedding ceremony, but the life-long relationship that begins on the wedding day. We want to help your marriage be a strong and lasting one.
Couples who are members of St. Michael’s, or who are children or grandchildren of members, may always get married here. Couples must participate in at least three premarital advising sessions.
If you are not a member, but you are interested in getting married at St. Michael’s, you must be willing to explore what faith means to you and your intended. That means participating in at least three, and perhaps more, premarital advising sessions with clergy, as well as attending church regularly during your engagement, and exploring as a couple what it means to participate in a faith community.
Marriages call for a great deal of planning. Please contact the church at least 6 months in advance of the event, and preferably one year in advance. The Pastor decides whether or not to perform a marriage at St. Michael’s, and any conversations about marriage here always begin with an appointment with the Pastor.
We perform marriages for all couples, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity. All standards for premarital preparation, membership, etc. apply equally to every couple that gets married at St. Michael’s.
The staff at St. Michael’s is happy to assist with your funeral and burial planning, including pre-planning assistance. We also house a Columbarium and lovely, secured Memorial Garden. Please call our office at 517-882-9733.