Beginning the Journey of Discipleship
The church invites anyone who seeks to begin discovering Christ to be baptized. Join us for worship for a few weeks before the special celebration. Let the office know so that we can arrange a time. There is no fee for this rite.
St. Bart's eagerly celebrates weddings, especially after Easter. The only obligation is that one person is a baptized Christian and faithful attendance for at least six weeks before the wedding. Call or email for more information. The entire cost for a wedding held at St. Barts is $2000, which includes sessions with the priest, the organist and a soloist, leaflets and helps pay for our grand structure.
The Episocopal Diocese of New York has happily performed civil and sacramental same-sex marriages since 2012.
Confirmation and Reception
Those who were baptized but want to confirm their continued journey with Christ may decide to be confirmed. Individuals from the Lutheran, Orthodox, and Catholic traditions may be welcomed into our communion by being received. The diocese has annual confirmation celebrations in the spring, and every other year in the church. Our Curriculum is called Confirm, Not Conform. Let the priest know if you are interested.
The Mass or Holy Communion, also called the Lord's Supper.
The Holy Eucharist is our weekly celebration and recollection of how God works in the world. We reconnect with the Spirit and each other through remembering the story of Jesus Christ. There are no rules about who may attend, and convicted Christians of any denomination may receive communion.
Unburdening the Soul
Those who seek absolution may desire a private, confidential conversation with a priest. Although private confession is not required for receiving communion, the Anglican motto is, "all may, some should, none must." Usually we have a general confession during the weekly liturgy.
The priest offers solace and support with the symbol of oil when individuals are lonely, alienated, ill, or otherwise in despair. This includes the rites typically offered before death.
Yearly Communal Blessings
Enchanting the everyday
During the year we have occasions to bless the various everyday objects and events that give us greater well being and we acknowledge as part of the divine, including our pets, bikes, and other rites of passage. The priest also blesses people on their birthdays and for anniversaries.
In January, the priest sets aside time to bless houses. Email the office for an appointment.