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St. Mary's Episcopal Church
St. Mary’s gathers together to worship God on Sundays. We have two Sunday worship services – 8:00 a.m. and 10:15 a.m. We use the Rite II Eucharistic Prayers from the Episcopal Book of Common Prayer as well as the Supplemental Eucharistic Liturgies. We have music at our morning services – hymns at 8:00 and hymns and choir at 10:15. We usually have folk music on the last Sunday of the month at the 10:15 service.
We believe children and youth are integral parts of our parish family and we encourage their attendance and participation at worship. Children are often invited by the Rector to accompany her around the altar for the Eucharistic Prayer. Children and youth serve as acolytes and sing in our Junior Choir. We invite children to bring the gifts of bread and wine and food to the altar during the offertory.
St. Mary’s is blessed with a wonderful Music Director and Organist, Chris Kovarik. He leads the Adult and Junior Choirs. Rehearsals are on Wednesday evenings and Sunday mornings.
Worship services are supported by many parishioners who volunteer to serve on the altar guild and as communion ministers, readers, ushers, and tellers.
The two sacraments of the Episcopal Church are Baptism and Eucharist. At Baptism one becomes a full member of the Body of Christ and is able to fully participate in the Eucharist. Additional spiritual markers are confirmation, marriage, reconciliation of a penitent (private confession), orders (ordinations of deacon, priest, bishop) and unction (anointing for healing).
Baptisms are scheduled for parishioners with the Rector usually on major feast days, except during Lent.
MARRIAGE: Arrangements are to be made with the Rector at least six (6) months before the wedding. If the Rector agrees to solemnize the marriage, then marriage preparation sessions will be scheduled. As is directed by the canons of the Episcopal Church, at least one (1) of the party is to be baptized.