The Sacrament of Holy Baptism is how membership in the church traditionally occurs.
When a member is baptized, he or she is a full member of the church. Baptism is membership in the body of Christ. For some it occurs as an infant; others are baptized as an adult. If you have been baptized in the name of God the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, it is not necessary to be baptized a second time in order to join.
Through the Sacrament of Holy Baptism, God adopts us as children and makes us members of the Body of Christ, the Church. Jesus set the example for us, as he himself was baptized. Through the water of Baptism, we are buried with Christ in his death, raised to share in his resurrection and reborn by the Holy Spirit. The entire worshipping community takes part in the Baptism liturgy and pledges to uphold the newly baptized in his or her life in Christ. Children, as well as adults, are welcome to receive this Sacrament and share citizenship in the Covenant, membership in Christ, and redemption by God. Each candidate for Holy Baptism is to be sponsored by one or more baptized persons. Sponsors of adults and older children present their candidates and thereby signify their endorsement of the candidates and their intention to support them by prayer and example in their Christian life. Sponsors of infants, commonly called godparents, present their candidates, make promises in their own names, and also take vows on behalf of their candidates. Parents and godparents are to be instructed in the meaning of Baptism, in their duties to help the new Christians grow in the knowledge and love of God, and in their responsibilities as members of his Church.
Confirmation is for those who are baptized making a mature commitment to the Church by reaffirming their baptismal vows for the first time.
After participating in classes about the history, tradition, teachings, and experience of The Episcopal Church, adults and high school youth are presented to the Bishop for Confirmation. Through this rite, there is a public statement of one's faith in the person of Jesus Christ. Classes to prepare individuals for Confirmation, Reception, and Reaffirmation are normally offered in the fall and spring of each year. The timing of these classes is determined by the date for the annual visitation of the Bishop of the Diocese. For more information please contact the church office.
Confirmation is the rite in which we express a mature commitment to Christ, and receive strength from the Holy Spirit through prayer and the laying on of hands by a bishop. In the course of their Christian development, those baptized at an early age are expected, when they are ready and have been duly prepared, to make a mature public affirmation of their faith and commitment to the responsibilities of their Baptism through Confirmation. Those baptized as adults are also expected to make a public affirmation of their faith and commitment to the responsibilities of their Baptism through Confirmation.
We welcome your interest in beginning your life as husband and wife at our church.
Please call the Church Office for general information.
We understand through our Catechism (outline of the faith) that Holy Matrimony is Christian marriage, in which a woman and man enter into a life-long union, make their vows before God and the Church, and receive the grace and blessing of God to help them fulfill their vows. This solemn and public covenant between these two persons in the presence of God. must conform to the laws of the State and the canons of the Episcopal Church.
The liturgy for the dead is an Easter liturgy. It finds all its meaning in the resurrection. Because Jesus was raised from the dead, we, too, shall be raised. The liturgy, therefore, is characterized by joy, in the certainty that "neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord." This joy, however, does not make human grief unchristian. The very love we have for each other in Christ brings deep sorrow when we are parted by death. Jesus himself wept at the grave of his friend. So, while we rejoice that one we love has entered in to the nearer presence of our Lord, we sorrow in sympathy with those who mourn. – The Book of Common Prayer, p. 507
The death of a member of the Church should be reported as soon as possible to the church office, and arrangements for the funeral service should be made in consultation with our clergy. Our clergy are available to meet with you when necessary, whether at your home, the church or a funeral home. We wish to be in communication with you so that we may offer the ministry of prayers and presence. Additionally, our Pastoral Care team members can offer support in the form of calls, cards, visits, meals or flowers.
Services for members of the St. George’s worshipping community and those to be interred in St. George’s Columbarium may be held at the church, upon arrangement with the clergy. Our clergy stand ready to help you with the planning of services and suggestions for appropriate readings and hymns. The burial service can be found in the Book of Common Prayer (pages 468-489, for Rite I, and pages 490-505, for Rite II). Our letter to families and guide for planning services can be found here: . Planning notes and a planning checklist can be found on pages 17-19 of the guide.
If you do wish to have the services of an organist, a $150 remuneration will be required. Vocal or instrumental soloists may be available, if desired; our organist, Angela Saunders, will assist with those arrangements and with coordinating those persons, and she will advise of the remuneration for each.
Our Daughters of the King will provide coffee, water and very light refreshments in the library for a visitation before or small family reception following the service. For larger gatherings which require the use of the Parish Hall, a $100 remuneration is offered for our sexton, for set-up and clean up.
Our Flower Guild will create a floral arrangement for the church; a $50 donation is requested.
St. George’s clergy will officiate at all services held at St. George’s Church. Guest clergy who are friends or members of the family may be invited to take part in services which are held at St. George’s, upon consultation with the Rector.
St. George’s clergy may be available to officiate at services for family members of parishioners which are held at funeral homes or chapels. The family should contact the clergy as soon as possible in order to make arrangements for the services.
Please contact the church office (754-7282) with any questions.
This service is designed to bring peace and the healing of mind and body to those who attend. It involves the “laying on” of hands for those who wish to come forward and experience the great gift of God’s healing and solace.