LIFE EVENTS

During the current COVID-19 crisis, we are not holding public in-person services, including baptisms, funerals, and weddings. Small outdoor funerals or weddings may be possible on a case-by-case basis. Baptisms will be conducted once the church re-opens. To inquire about any of these events, contact the church office

Weddings, Baptisms, & Funerals

Throughout the centuries since it was founded, Emmanuel Church has been the site for countless baptisms, weddings and funerals. Through these major life events, connections are made between these important times in our lives and the God that created us as incarnate beings who are born, live, love, and die.

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Baptisms

While most Baptisms and Funerals held at Emmanuel involve members or families of members, this is not always the case. Sometimes it is at these crucial life junctures that we remember the Church and feel its loss in our lives. If you would like to consider having your child baptized at Emmanuel (or would like to be baptized yourself) we ask that you contact the office so that an appointment can be made for you to meet with our priest. Baptisms normally take place during our weekly Sunday Eucharists, and there is never a fee for a Baptism.​

There are no fees for baptisms. Contact the church office for more information.

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Weddings

Weddings at Emmanuel are held for members, families and friends of members, and for those who wish to have an ongoing relationship with Emmanuel Church as members. Any exceptions are solely at the discretion of the Rector.  We welcome such weddings, at the same time, we want people to know that it is our firm conviction that planning a Church wedding involves intentionally making space for God and the community of the Church to be a part of your marriage. All persons married in the Episcopal Church are required to go through pre-marital classes (either with our clergy or with another clergy person or counselor approved by the Rector), sign a Declaration of Intent, and at least one of the persons must be a baptized Christian. Additionally, if this is a second marriage for either partner, we will need to have written permission from the Bishop before the marriage can take place.

If you are interested in being married at Emmanuel, please contact us as soon as possible to talk with our priest about the details.

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Funerals

The passing of a loved one is a difficult time. Although most funerals held at Emmanuel are for parishioners, the clergy and parish leadership are honored to be able to offer our pastoral support, prayers, and comfort to those who are bereaved, whether they are members of the parish or not. We feel privileged to join with family and friends in giving thanks for and celebrating the life of the deceased through the Christian Burial Service as found in the Book of Common Prayer. 

 

The Episcopal funeral service liturgy is an Easter liturgy rooted in the meaning of the resurrection and the promise that just as Jesus was raised from the dead, we too shall be raised to a new life in Christ. Through the readings and prayers of the liturgy, we rejoice in the certainty that there is nothing in all creation able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord, while at the same time, we share in the grief, sorrow, and loss experienced by those mourning the death of their loved one.    

 

Please contact our church office if you have any questions about funeral planning for yourself, if you would like to speak to the clergy about a funeral or memorial service for someone else, or if you would like information about our Schedule of Fees.

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