Baptisms are scheduled monthly, except during the seasons of Advent and Lent, at both the 9:00 and 11:15 a.m. services (10:00 a.m. during the summer months). Exceptional days for baptism are the Sunday in January celebrating the Baptism of our Lord, on Pentecost, the day of the Bishop’s visit, and on All Saints Sunday in November. Parents and sponsors (Godparents) are expected to attend a pre-baptism meeting in the church on the Saturday immediately preceding the baptism date. Contact Becky Page at 355-1779 ext. 314 to sign up.
Newcomers to the church, especially those who have a different faith background, are encouraged to register for the Pilgrims Path class, which is a 10-week course taught by the clergy on Wednesday nights. Two semesters are offered, the first from September through December and the second from January through April. Completing the class meets the requirements to be presented to the bishop for baptism, confirmation, reception or reaffirmation when he visits St. James’s in the spring. Contact Hilary Streever at 355-1779 ext. 316 to sign up.
Youth confirmation preparation is offered for students in 9th grade. To learn more about our youth confirmation class, please visit our Youth Page or contact Mary Beth Abplanalp at firstname.lastname@example.org..
Either the bride or the groom, or a member of their immediate family, must be a member of St. James’s in order to be married in the church. The availability of the church for a wedding may be determined by calling the Parish Coordinator at 355-1779 ext. 313; however, only the clergy can confirm a wedding date. Premarital counseling is required by the canons of the Episcopal Church. In the case of a divorced person who wishes to remarry, permission from the Bishop is required. There is a fee for weddings held in the nave of the church. See the St. James’s Wedding Guide.
The clergy is available for pastoral counseling before and at the time of death, and arrangements for funerals are made with them. There is no fee for funerals; however, the cost of the altar flowers and any additional musicians is expected. The Memorial Garden at St. James’s was established in 1985 for the burial of human ashes in a common garden. It is located in the courtyard adjacent to the west side of the sanctuary. Application for the interment of ashes may be made at the time of need by the next of kin, or pre-arrangements may be made by contacting the Rector. Only cremated human remains may be buried in the Garden. The remains are buried directly in the earth and are not recoverable, nor are they preserved in any manner.