The sacramental rite of the church in which two persons “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” (BCP, p. 861).
We are delighted that you are interested in being married at St. Michael’s Episcopal Church! We are always pleased to work with couples, both heterosexual and same-gender, as they prepare for this joyous occasion in their lives and to celebrate and bless their marriage.
You may already be married and now desire the church’s blessing upon your civil marriage (same-gender or heterosexual) — please talk to one of the clergy who will be very happy to work with you on such a blessing.
St. Michael’s hosts weddings of members of the church, Episcopalians from other cities and states, couples intending to become active members and occasionally for members of other churches whose worship space might not be available or perhaps suitable for the ceremony.
If you wish for one of St. Michael’s clergy to officiate at your wedding or at the blessing of a civil marriage, the first step is to have an initial consultation with either our associate rector, The Rev Brin Bon or our rector, The Rev. Robby Vickery. Please do not finalize the date of your wedding until you have met with one of us.
May God’s blessings be upon you as you begin to plan your very special day!
Please contact one of our clergy when someone has died. We are available to pray with you, be present with you and your family during a very difficult time. If you are planning a local funeral we can help you arrange the appropriate burial service for your loved one at St. Michael’s Episcopal Church.
A Prayer for Those who Mourn:
Most merciful God, whose wisdom is beyond our understanding: deal graciously with ____ in their grief. Surround them with your love, that they may not be overwhelmed by their loss, but have confidence in your goodness, and strength to meet the days to come; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. (from Book of Common Prayer, p. 494)
Holy Baptism is full initiation by water and the Holy Spirit into Christ’s Body, the church. God establishes an indissoluble bond with each person in baptism. God adopts us, making us members of the church and inheritors of the Kingdom of God (BCP pp 298, 858)
The Sacrament of Holy Baptism is most appropriately celebrated on the major feast days of the church’s year. On these days, baptism may be celebrated at any of our scheduled Sunday services, including the Easter Eve service.
Upcoming baptism dates at St. Michaels
- The Feast of the Baptism of our Lord Jesus Christ (January 10, 2016)
- The Great Vigil of Easter (March 26, 2016, in the evening)
- The Feast of Pentecost (May 15, 2016)
- The Feast of St. Michael (September 25, 2016)
- All Saints’ Sunday (November 6, 2016)
Preparation for Holy Baptism: If you, or someone in your family would like to be baptized, please contact one of our clergy at least two weeks prior to the Sunday of the Baptism. A baptism preparation class is required for adult candidates and one or both parents and godparents. This class is taught by The Rev. Robby Vickery or The Rev. Brin Bon and is usually held on the Monday evening before the baptism date from 7-9pm.
The sacramental rite in which the candidates “express a mature commitment to Christ, and receive strength from the Holy Spirit through prayer and the laying on of hands by a bishop” (BCP, p. 860).
Our 2016 Bishop’s Visit will be Sunday, September 25, 2016, at the 11am service.
Each year, we offer a 12 week Confirmation Class for all young people who are in 9th grade (or older). This class is taught by the Clergy and Youth Minister and is a great opportunity to learn about the church and to explore making a mature affirmation of baptism. Attendance does not require someone to be confirmed. Adult confirmation classes are offered at various times in the year.