Eucharist is the sacrament of bread and wine instituted by
Christ at the Last Supper. All baptized persons, regardless
of denominational affiliation, are welcomed to receive the bread
and wine of the Holy Eucharist at public worship services. Celebrations
of this sacrament follow the forms found in the 1979 Book of Common
is the sacrament of Christian initiation. Baptism is available
to any unbaptized adult seeking membership at St. Stephen's. Baptism
is also available for children and infants of members of the church.
Adults wishing to be baptized are expected to engage in a period
of study before baptism.
is the sacrament which marks a mature affirmation of faith.
Confirmation is available to youth (who have reached the age of
15) and adult members of the parish on an annual basis. A special
curriculum for High School youth is offered once a month during
the program year while looking to celebrate reception of the sacrament
in the spring. Adults are expected to also engage in a period
of study before Confirmation as well.
is the sacrament of reconciliation. The sacrament of reconciliation
is available to any Christian desiring it on an appointment basis.
Although private sacramental confessions are not required for
admission to worship or reception of communion within the Episcopal
Church, many individuals have found this sacrament a comfort during
times when their consciences were troubled. Individuals desiring
to have their confession heard should contact a member of the
clergy staff and make an appointment.
Matrimony is the sacrament of the union between two people.
Weddings are performed for members of the church only. Marriage
is understood to be a sacrament entered into within the context
of Christian community and therefore requires active participation
in that community. Individuals interested in being
married should contact the office.
Healing is the sacrament of the sick involving the laying on of hands and application of
oil. The sacrament of healing is available to any person desiring it at our
Wednesday morning service or on an appointment basis. Individuals unable to attend
the Wednesday morning service who would like to receive the sacrament of healing should
contact a member of the clergy staff and make an appointment.
Burial of the Dead is a pastoral rather than sacramental service. Funeral services are provided to individuals needing such services. There are no membership requirements.