Baptism/Weddings/Funerals

Baptism, Confirmation, Weddings, Same Sex Blessings, Funerals or Memorial Services, Columbarium

Holy Baptism

Holy Baptism is full initiation by water and the Holy Spirit into Christ's Body the Church. Baptism takes place during the Easter Vigil service (Saturday evening, March or April), and at a Sunday service about three times a year: the Day of Pentecost (May or June), the Sunday after All Saints' Day (early November), and the Feast of the Baptism of our Lord (first Sunday after Epiphany, early January). Baptism may also take place when the bishop visits (usually February or March), and on a Sunday during the summer on a date to be determined. If you are interested in Baptism for yourself or for your child, preparation needs to take place. Please contact the office to speak with our rector, the Rev. Terri Ann Grotzinger.

Confirmation

Confirmation classes are offered for youth (usually grades 6-8) in a three-year cycle, meeting for four weeks in the fall and four weeks in the winter. For adults who wish to be confirmed, we offer an Inquirers' Class at the same time. Please contact the rector, the Rev. Terri Ann Grotzinger, about preparation for Confirmation. Confirmation takes place during a Sunday service at the time of the bishop's visitation, as scheduled by the diocesan office, usually in February or March. To listen to the 2014 Confirmation Service, click here.

Weddings

Christian marriage is a solemn and public covenant between a couple in the presence of God. In the Episcopal Church it is required that one, at least, of the parties must be a baptized Christian. There are additional guidelines for weddings, some of which are mandated by the canon law of the Episcopal Church. Five sessions of premarital preparation with the rector are required by national church guidelines. Please contact our rector, the Rev. Terri Ann Grotzinger, to discuss wedding preparation and policies, as well as available dates. Read more about our wedding guidelines.  Photo courtesy of Open Lens by Pamela, used by permission.

Blessing of a Lifelong Covenant (including Same Sex Couples)

The Blessing of a Lifelong Covenant is a Rite of the Episcopal Church offered for Same Sex or Heterosexual couples -- an important lifelong, monogamous commitment similar to but not the same as marriage. It is offered as a solemn and public covenant in the presence of God and with the commitment of support from the community gathered. In the Episcopal Church, it is required that one, at least, of the parties must be a baptized Christian. Five sessions of pre-covenant preparation with the rector are required by diocesan guidelines. Please contact our rector, the Rev. Terri Ann Grotzinger, at , to discuss what this rite involves, as well as available dates.

Funerals or Memorial Services

We encourage people to think in advance about services because it helps their family or others at the time of death to plan for a fitting memorial.

If you are a friend or family member planning a service after someone you love has died, please know that the staff of Holy Spirit will do all we can to develop a dignified service in the Episcopal tradition which also honors your family's wishes as much as possible.

The clergy preside at the funeral of any person, whether or not a member of Holy Spirit. When a death is imminent, the church can be called if prayers and/or the service of ministration at the time of death are desired. Read our booklet to help guide you through planning a funeral or memorial service.

The Holy Spirit Columbarium

Holy Spirit's columbarium is built into the west wall of the church in a quiet garden space. Each niche has space for two urns, and an incribed plaque notes the name and dates of the persons whose ashes are buried in the niche. Read more about the columbarium. For more information about the columbarium or to make arrangements in advance, please contact the church office at (406) 542-2167.