Holy Baptism

Holy Baptism is full initiation by water and the Holy Spirit into Christ’s Body the Church.  The bond which God establishes in Baptism is indissoluble.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      The Book of Common Prayer

Holy Baptism is a Sacrament of the Church in which we participate in the mystery of our Lord’s life, death, and resurrection, and by which we are made members of Christ’s Body, the Church.  Christians enter Holy Baptism with sacred and solemn preparation.

At St. James we look forward to each baptism with great expectation.  These celebrations stand at the center of our life together as a community of faith.  We are eager to make it a special occasion of solemn worship and joyful fellowship for you and all of your family.

Following the guidelines of The Book of Common Prayer, we celebrate Holy Baptism on the major baptismal feasts of the Church:  Baptism of Our Lord, the Great Vigil of Easter, Easter Day, Pentecost, and All Saints’ Day (or the Sunday following).  In consultation with the Rector, you may choose which of these feasts is best for you.  The dates in coming years in which baptism will be administered are: 

         
FEAST                                2016            2017            2018            2019
         
Baptism of Our Lord         Jan 10          Jan 8           Jan 7           Jan 13
(10:00 a.m.)        

Great Vigil of Easter         Mar 26          April 15        Mar 31         Apr 20
 (7:00 p.m.)        

Easter Day                        Mar 27         April 16        Apr 1           Apr 21
(10:00 a.m.)

Pentecost                          May 15         Jun 4          May 20         Jun 9
(10:00 a.m.)

All Saints’ Sunday            Nov 6          Nov 5          Nov 4           Nov 3
(10:00 a.m.)        

To arrange for a baptism, please contact the Rector at 603-532-1019 or Rector@StJamesKeene.com


Marriage at St. James Church

The celebration and blessing of a marriage in the Christian tradition is an occasion of great joy. We are pleased that you seek to be joined in a holy union and are considering choosing St. James for your wedding.

In the Episcopal Church we believe that Christian marriage is a covenant relationship between two people, not just a ceremony in a church on a specific day by a priest. Marriage is a sacramental sign of Jesus Christ.

As stated in The Book of Common Prayer: “The bond and covenant of marriage was established by God in creation, and our Lord Jesus Christ adorned this manner of life by his presence and first miracle at a wedding in Cana of Galilee. It signifies to us the mystery of the union between Christ and his Church. . . .” (BCP, 423)   

For complete information about marriage at St. James, please go to marriage booklet and review the information there, and then contact the Rector at
603-352-1019 or Rector@StJamesKeene.com