Baptism & Other Sacraments
Notice during Pandemic: As long as the church is closed to in person worship we cannot schedule baptisms and weddings during this time. Funerals are permitted but limited to no more than 7 persons in the church, with the option of a livestream for others. Contact the Rector, the Rev. David Michaud, about funeral details: firstname.lastname@example.org. Under the Governor's orders and medical facilities' restrictions clergy are not able to make in person pastoral visits at this time.
In the waters of baptism we are reminded that we belong to God and nothing can separate us from the love of God. We also find ourselves part of an extended family, one with Christians throughout the ages and across the world, what we call the “one, holy, catholic [meaning ‘universal’], and apostolic Church.” Holy Baptism is full initiation by water and the Holy Spirit into Christ’s Body, the Church. (Book of Common Prayer, p. 298). Baptisms are especially appropriate at Easter Eve (March-April), the Feast of Pentecost (May-June), All Saints Day (Nov), the Feast of the Baptism of Our Lord (Jan) and on the occasion of a Bishop Visitation. Adult Baptisms require completion of study as a catechumen. If you are interested in having a baptism at St. Peter’s, please contact the church.
Confirmation, Receptions and Reaffirmation
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. Reception is bringing into the church body a person from a different historically linked church. Reaffirmation is personal gesture of explicitly affirming our baptismal covenant. Click here for information on Confirmation Classes.
If you are interested in having your wedding at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, click here for more information.
We are available to assist your family in a worship service suitable for your family member.
Hospital and other visits
Pastoral visits at critical times in your life are available, contact the church.
What the Book of Common Prayer has to say about the Sacraments:
“Sacraments are outward and visible signs of inward and spiritual grace” - Book of Common Prayer, p. 857
Besides baptism and the Eucharist (Holy Communion), the church recognizes other spiritual markers in our journey of faith. These include:
- Confirmation (the adult affirmation of our baptismal vows), pp. 413-419, Book of Common Prayer
- Reconciliation of a Penitent (private confession), pp. 447-452, Book of Common Prayer
- Matrimony (Christian marriage), pp. 422-438, Book of Common Prayer
- Orders (ordination to deacon, priest, or bishop), pp. 510-555, Book of Common Prayer
- Unction (anointing with oil those who are sick or dying) pp. 453-467, Book of Common Prayer