"Holy Baptism is the Sacrament by which God adopts us as His children and makes us members of Christ's body, the Church, and inheritors of the Kingdom of God."
- Book of Common Prayer, p.858
Baptism is an entrance into a new life with the risen Christ and His Church. Baptism is not an end in itself but the beginning of a new way of life with the risen Christ. Baptism is an entrance into the life of Christ's Church, and anyone seeking to be baptized, or to have children baptized, will be expected to fulfill the obligations of Church membership.
Holy Baptism is celebrated in the context of the Sunday morning worship, where incorporation into Christ's Church is manifested in a direct way. Four baptismal counseling sessions are required of anyone sponsoring a child for baptism or receiving baptism for themselves. The sacrament of baptism is especially appropriate at the Easter Vigil, on the Day of Pentecost, on All Saints' Day or the Sunday after, and on the feast of the Baptism of our Lord (the first Sunday of Epiphany). During months in which these feast days do not fall, baptisms are celebrated on the last Sunday of the month. In emergency cases, any baptized Christian may administer the Sacrament of Baptism to another if done in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit (see BCP, p. 312).
We rejoice with you in the news of your interest in marriage and your wish to have that marriage blessed at All Saints' Episcopal Church. All of us at All Saints' stand ready to assist you in making this one of the most beautiful and joyous events of your life.
Since the Celebration and Blessing of Marriage takes place within the Christian community and is first and foremost an act of worship and not a private services for the couple, it is important that those who wish to be married at All Saints' be active participants in our community.
Commitment is an integral aspect of Holy Matrimony. Studies show that those who are committed to God through worship are better able to commit to each other and effect long, successful marriages.
All Saints' will officiate at marriages only when the couple demonstrates through their attendance and support such a commitment to God. This requirement underscores our deep concern for caring, supportive, and pastoral relationship between the Church and the couple before, during and after the wedding.
The two persons to be married have received Holy Baptism. Beyond that requirement, regular worship attendance and appropriate stewardship of time, talent, and treasure (including but not limited to the financial support of this parish) by the couple are important and required components in being married at All Saints' Episcopal Church.
If in fulfilling these requirements you would like to be married at All Saints' please set up a time to meet by contacting the Church Office for an appointment.