Baptism is one of the fundamental sacraments of the faith. It signifies entrance into the Christian faith and life of the church. The sacrament of baptism is offered on Sunday mornings within the worship of the gathered community, generally at a celebration of the major feasts of the church. As baptism is a sacrament that confers membership into the body of the faithful, we do not perform private baptisms. Please contact the church office to inquire about baptismal dates.
The service for the sacrament of baptism is found in the Book of Common Prayer. The Episcopal Church practices baptism by effusion, the priest pouring the waters of baptism over the head of the person being baptized.
In order to prepare for baptism, adults and older children seeking to be baptized or the parents of children to be baptized, must consult with a priest of the church for counsel and baptismal preparation.
Confirmation is a sacramental rite that enables adults and persons over 16 years of age to make a formal commitment of faith and be received into the Episcopal Church. The Inquirer’s Class is essential and required as preparation for confirmation. Those previously confirmed in another denomination are received into the Episcopal Church. Confirmation and Reception are bestowed by the bishop at the bishop’s annual parish visit. Please contact the church office for information about confirmation dates.
A wedding represents a moment of great significance, a time of blessing and joy. As a sacrament of the church the marriage ceremony is a service of worship based upon a solemn, public, and life-long covenant made and celebrated in the presence of God before a priest and congregation. For Christians, marriage is an invitation to share life bound together by the Spirit and love of God. St. James Episcopal Church is a beautiful place to celebrate a wedding. We welcome non-members to be married at St. James, assuming the guidelines and conditions of the parish wedding customary are met. The customary applies equally and without exception to LGBTQI couples, who are welcome to be married at St. James parish.