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Baptism

In the Service of Holy Baptism our community of faith participates in claiming children and adults as “Christ’s own forever” and promises to “support these persons in their life in Christ.” (BCP, 303). Therefore, it is important that an adult or child be baptized in the parish community where the family worships.

Parents, sponsors (for adults) and godparents (for children) are required to attend a baptism instruction class and rehearsal in preparation for the service. Sponsors and godparents must be baptized Christians and St. Mark’s urges that at least one of them be an active Episcopalian. An application for Baptism must be submitted to Frances Hutto at least two weeks before the date of the baptism.

Upcoming Baptism dates:  Apr 8, May 20, July 8 and Aug. 12

Contact: Frances Hutto, Interim Children's Ministry Coordinator, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Confirmation

The Book of Common Prayer explains that those who are 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. Unlike Baptism, parents cannot do this for their children; it is a decision that must be made by the person being Confirmed. 

Confirmation preparation for youth and adults takes place before the Bishop’s annual visit on the Sunday closest to April 25, the feast day of our Patron Saint. Preparation for Confirmation is appropriate for adults who have been Confirmed in another denomination as it involves learning what it means to be a member of the Anglican Communion and the Episcopal Church. 

Confirmation Contact: The Rev. Tom Murray, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or the Rev. Canon Nancy Suellau, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Weddings

Weddings at St. Mark’s are generally limited to members of the church. All wedding requests will be referred to the clergy. Those who come to the church seeking God’s blessing on their relationship should do so with a clear intention of maintaining an active participation in the life of a Christian community. It should be considered normative that marriage take place in the church where the couple intends to worship.

Contacts: The Rev. Tom Murray, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or the Rev. Canon Nancy Suellau, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Funerals

The hours and days after the death of a loved one are a complicated and difficult time. The clergy and staff of St Mark’s want to assist families in making the necessary arrangements. Please talk with the clergy before making any announcements regarding the date and time of the service or reception at St. Mark’s, and before making any arrangements with a funeral home.

Contacts: The Rev. Tom Murray, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or the Rev. Canon Nancy Suellau, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.