Weddings, Baptisms & Funerals

Weddings

Do you want God to be part of your marriage? Would you like wedding preparation that focuses not just on your wedding day, but on your marriage? Do you value timeless, beautiful language in a wedding ceremony? We invite you to consider being married at St. Bede’s.

With our bishop’s full support, both same-gender and different-gender couples are welcome to be married at St. Bede’s. At least one person of the couple must be a baptized Christian (though not necessarily Episcopalian), and the couple must take part in at least three sessions of premarital counseling, generally with the priest who will conduct the wedding. The purpose of premarital counseling, which reflects on your life together in the light of the Christian story, is to give your marriage the strongest possible foundation. The Episcopal Church allows remarriage after divorce; the officiating priest will explain the procedures in such a situation. Weddings generally require six months’ advance notice.


Baptisms

You are sealed by the Holy Spirit in Baptism and marked as Christ’s own forever.

The Book of Common Prayer, p. 308

We welcome people of all ages, from infants to adults, to consider baptism, the full initiation by water and the Holy Spirit into Christ’s Body, the Church. Any baptism administered with water in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit is valid in Episcopal eyes. Baptisms are held during regular Sunday services, usually at All Saints’ Sunday in early November, the Baptism of Our Lord in January, Easter in March/April, and Pentecost in May/June. Other dates for baptism can be arranged.


Funerals & Memorial Services

We are an Easter people. The Christian liturgy for the dead is an Easter liturgy. Because God raised Jesus from the dead, we too shall be raised. “I am Resurrection and I am life,” says Christ.

Therefore, in the Church’s burial service the principal theme is our joyous expectation that “neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Nonetheless, we also grieve for our dead because the love we have for one another in Christ brings deep sorrow when we are parted. Jesus wept at the grave of his friend, Lazarus. So, while we rejoice that the one we love has entered into the nearer presence of our Savior, our tears are shed in sympathy with those who mourn. Funerals provide opportunities to express the mixture of those feelings.

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St. Bede’s is honored to grieve, celebrate, give thanks, and commend your loved one to God with you. We can also offer interment of ashes in Jarrow Garden. Please  contact the parish office to arrange a funeral or memorial service.