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Holy 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 Prayer.

Baptism 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.

Confirmation 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.

Confession 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.

Holy 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.

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