Sacramental Rites

Baptism

This is the premier Sacrament of the Church. It is done at a public service of worship, since the newly baptized person is becoming a member of the greater body of the Church. The Book of Common Prayer recommends the following times for Baptism: At the Easter Vigil, on the Day of Pentecost, on All Saints’ Day or the Sunday after All Saints’ Day, on the Feast of the Baptism of our Lord (the First Sunday after the Epiphany) or when the Bishop is present. It is desirable that you consider these special days when planning your child’s Baptism. However, we also recognize that sometimes it is necessary to schedule a Baptism at another time, and the Rector will be glad to discuss this with you.

Parents and Godparents should be active Christians who are willing to take seriously their promise to see that the child they present “is brought up in the Christian faith and life.”

Children may be baptized at any age. Adults who have not been baptized are also welcome to participate in this Sacrament when ready to make a commitment to follow Christ as their Lord. Since there is a time of preparation required of Parents, Godparents and adults being baptized, please contact the Rector well in advance of the planned Baptism.

Confirmation

Confirmation is administered when the Bishop is present. Youth who wish to be confirmed must be in the eighth grade. All adults and youth wishing to be confirmed are expected to attend a preparatory class, which is held annually. Call the Rector if you have questions or desire to be confirmed.

Weddings

To be married at Calvary you must be an active member of the parish in good standing (regular in attendance and working, praying and giving for the spread of God’s Kingdom) or an immediate family member of such a parishioner.  Since Premarital Preparation is required, please contact the Rector at least ninety days before a planned wedding. Please do not set a specific date until you talk with the Rector to be sure your planned date is available. At the time the Rector agrees to officiate at the wedding, you will be given more specific guidelines for such things as flower arrangements and music.

Funerals

Family members are asked to notify the Church and Rector of a death as soon as possible. The Rector will then contact the family about funeral arrangements.