Sacred Rites

Baptism


“Marked as Christ’s own…”

Holy Baptism is the sacred ritual by which one signifies identity as a Christian. Our Baptism vows define what it means to be inspired by and follow Christ:

Celebrant Will you continue in the apostles’ teaching and fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and in the prayers?
People I will, with God’s help.
Celebrant Will you persevere in resisting evil, and, whenever you fall into sin, repent and return to the Lord?
People I will, with God’s help.
Celebrant Will you proclaim by word and example the Good
News of God in Christ?

People I will, with God’s help.
Celebrant Will you seek and serve Christ in all persons, loving your neighbor as yourself?
People I will, with God’s help.
Celebrant

Will you strive for justice and peace among all people, and respect the dignity of every human being?
People

I will, with God’s help.

Our church defines baptism as:

“full initiation by water and the Holy Spirit into Christ’s Body, the Church”
(Book of Common Prayer, p. 298)

Baptism is an event of crucial significance both for the individual and the whole church. Baptisms are offered throughout the year on specific Sundays and at the Easter Vigil. Preparation is offered regularly in anticipation of Baptism Sundays.

Questions regarding baptism? Contact any clergy member.


Funerals and Memorial Services

In the Christian Church, the service for one who has died holds its purpose through the expression of grief, the celebration of a life lived, gratitude for love shared, and the joy that life everlasting is a divine promise.

A death in the family can be reported to any of the clergy. They will assist with funeral/memorial plans and can recommend the services of a mortuary.

Please contact any clergy to assist you during this time of need.

Confirmation

Confirmation is the traditional sacramental ritual celebrating the decision of a teenager or adult for an ongoing commitment to the Christian faith in the context of a specific faith community.

St Mark’s holds classes and offers programs for teens and adults to prepare for a Confirmation service which is always officiated by our Bishop, a living symbol of the greater church. To be confirmed is to affirm a commitment to continue to strive to understand God’s call to be faithful and live ethical, transformational lives!

Please contact any clergy member or youth minister for more information.


Weddings at St Mark’s Church

Weddings are among the most joyous of services at St Mark’s. They are celebrations of God’s love realized in intimate, promising and committed human relationships.

We welcome your interest in a wedding at St Mark’s. Both members and non-members are welcome to be married here. Pre-marital counseling from an experienced counselor or clergy person is necessary to ensure the best beginning for a marriage, and we see this preparation as supportive of you and your hopes for the future.