Life Events

Life Events

Our sacramental offerings cover a number of life transitions. This includes baptisms, weddings, confirmations, reaffirmations, and more.

Baptism

Baptism marks a formal entrance into the congregation and the wider Church in which the candidates or sponsors make a series of vows to follow Christ. People of all ages are welcome to be baptized.  If you are interested in having a baptism at St. Stephen’s, please click here to fill out an application

Confirmation

Confirmation is a sacramental rite in which candidates express a mature commitment to Christ, and receive strength from the Holy Spirit through prayer and the laying on of hands by a bishop. Classes to prepare candidates for confirmation are held annually for youth and adults.  

Reaffirmation

The rite of reaffirmation is celebrated with a confirmed Episcopalian who, for personal reasons, wishes to again publicly reaffirm their baptismal vows to the bishop and the community. It is comparable to a married couple publicly reaffirming their vows at a significant time in their marriage. As in the case of reception, we pray that the Holy Spirit continues to transform and deepen the candidate’s faith. Typically, those wanting to pursue this rite participate in our adult confirmation class. 

Reception

Reception refers to a rite by which a baptized person, already confirmed by a bishop, is welcomed into the fellowship of the Episcopal Church. It too is a public affirmation; like those being confirmed and involves the laying on of hands by an Episcopal bishop. In reception, we pray that the Holy Spirit continues to transform and deepen the candidate’s faith. Typically, those wanting to be received participate in our adult confirmation class. 

Weddings

We are pleased to open the doors of St. Stephen’s to all those who wish to be married here.  Couples are encouraged to view our wedding guidelines (PDF).  If you are interested in having your wedding at St. Stephen’s, please complete our wedding application (PDF) and email our Event Coordinator, Allison Coliskey.

Funerals

A funeral service in the Episcopal Church is an Easter service. It finds all meaning in the resurrection. Because Jesus was raised from the dead, we too, shall be raised.
It is most appropriate for funeral services to be held in the church but, for pastoral reasons, services may be held at a funeral home or graveside.