This is the sacrament by which God adopts us as his children and makes us members of Christ’s Body, the Church, and inheritors of the kingdom of God.
Several annual dates are especially appropriate for baptisms: The Baptism of our Lord (the First Sunday after the Epiphany), the Easter Vigil, the Day of Pentecost and All Saints’ Sunday. At each baptism, in addition to pledging our support for the candidates, those who are already baptized renew their own baptismal vows.
The list of available 2020 baptismal dates is in the blue box on this page.
The service of Holy Baptism begins on page 299 of the Prayer Book. You may access online the Holy Baptism Service on the Online Book of Common Prayer.
For more information and to schedule a Baptism please contact The Rev. Kimberly Reinholz.
Following baptism, we are given strength for our life of faith by personal discipleship, by fellowship with others in the faith, and by service to God in the form of good works and worship. Our central and most important act of worship is the sacrament of Holy Communion.
In this service we remember Jesus’ life, death and resurrection and receive him by partaking bread and wine. Through the outward and visible signs of bread and wine we receive the Body and Blood of Christ so that our sins are forgiven and our union with God and one another is strengthened.
Confirmation is the rite in which we express a mature, public commitment to Christ and receive strength from the Holy Spirit through prayer and the laying on of hands by a bishop.
The service of Confirmation begins on page 413 of the Prayer Book. You may access the Confirmation Service in the Online Book of Common Prayer.
Marriage is a joyous sacrament, and we congratulate engaged couples who choose to begin their lives together with a ceremony at Grace & Holy Trinity Church. Contact the clergy as soon as possible to begin a series of counseling sessions using the Prepare/Enrich Premarital Inventory.
Also, read our wedding guidelines (available in the Resources sidebar), which will help with planning. The service of Marriage begins on page 423 of the Prayer Book. You may access the Celebration and Blessing of a Marriage in the Online Book of Common Prayer.
Planning for the end our lives is an act of love that spares our families difficult decisions; it also leaves a statement about what is important to you. Consider these documents to help you start the conversation about death and funeral arrangements:
The Columbarium at Grace and Holy Trinity Church
Christian tradition has looked upon burial as the final act of faith, a witness to one’s belief in the resurrection of the body and everlasting life. In recent years, cremation with committal of cremated remains, rather than body burial, has become more common. Grace and Holy Trinity Church has a columbarium for the committal of ashes. To learn more, review Columbarium Documents part 1 and Columbarium Documents part 2.
If you are interested in being baptized or in having your child baptized, please contact the Clergy. They will be happy to talk with you.
Scheduled Sundays for Baptisms:
- January 12, 2020 (Sunday after Epiphany)
- May 31, 2020 (Pentecost)
- November 1, 2020 (All Saints)
A baptism may be requested for any one of the service times on the above dates.
Please contact the Clergy.