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Preparing for 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. Holy Baptism is the rite through which one becomes a part of the Community of Faith and a disciple (follower) of Jesus, Our Lord.
As Baptism is about becoming part of the Community of Faith, it is expected that the one being baptized and the family of the one being baptized are registered and active members of this congregation. Under unusual circumstances, baptisms may be administered for people who are not a part of this congregation.
Each candidate for Holy Baptism is to be sponsored by one or more baptized persons.
Sponsors of adults and older children:
+ present their candidates
+ and thereby signify their endorsement of the candidates
+ and their intention to support them by prayer and example in their Christian life.
Sponsors of infants, commonly called godparents:
+ present their candidates,
+ make promises in their own names,
+ and also take vows on behalf of their candidates.
+ It is fitting that parents be included among the godparents of their own children.
Parents and godparents are to be instructed in:
+ the meaning of Baptism,
+ their duties to help the new Christians grow in the knowledge and love of God, and
+ their responsibilities as members of his Church.
Holy Baptism is especially appropriate:
+ at the Easter Vigil
+ on the Day of Pentecost
+ on All Saints’ Day or the Sunday after All Saints’ Day
+ on the Feast of the Baptism of our Lord (the First Sunday after the Epiphany).
Holy Baptism is administered at All Saints Episcopal Church only one Sunday per month, that Sunday being determined by the first request received.
Holy Baptism is appropriately administered within the Eucharist as the chief service on a Sunday or other feast. While not preferred, Holy Baptism may be administered in a private ceremony in unusual circumstances.
Baptism is not administered on the Sundays in Lent.
TO REQUEST AND SCHEDULE A BAPTISM
Call the Parish Office (954-467-6496) and ask to speak with the Rector who will:
+ Discuss baptism with you
+ Establish dates for the required Baptismal preparation session(s) and
+ Establish the date for the Baptism
Planning a Wedding
The union of two people in heart, body, and mind is intended by God for their mutual joy; for the help and comfort given one another in prosperity and adversity; and, when it is God’s will, to nurture their children in the knowledge and love of the Lord. Therefore marriage is not to be entered into unadvisedly or lightly, but reverently, deliberately, and in accordance with the purposes for which it was instituted by God.
WHO MAY BE MARRIED AT ALL SAINTS EPISCOPAL CHURCH?
- All those who have the Rector’s permission. Every couple who wishes to be married at All Saints will be welcomed.
- Those who meet the requirements of the Episcopal Church and the State of Florida.
- At least one of the persons to be married must be Baptized.
- If a divorce is in the history of either person seeking marriage, the Bishop’s permission must be sought.
WHO MAY PERFORM A MARRIAGE AT ALL SAINTS EPISCOPAL CHURCH?
- The clergy of All Saints.
- In the case of a marriage where one partner is not an Episcopalian, the clergyperson of that person’s faith may participate with the officiating priest; the Rector must give permission for this to happen.
WHEN SHOULD I CONTACT ALL SAINTS EPISCOPAL CHURCH IF I WISH TO BE MARRIED THERE?
- As soon as you know of the intended marriage. All Saints’ calendar fills quickly. If you wait too long, your choice of date may be limited.
IS COUNSELING REQUIRED?
- Premarital counseling is required by the Episcopal Church and is desirable.
WHAT CEREMONIES MAY WE USE?
- The ceremony will be from The Book of Common Prayer and may include the Holy Eucharist. The Liturgy The Witnessing and Blessing of a Lifelong Covenant or The Blessing of a Civil Marriage may also be used.
ARE THERE COSTS INVOLVED?
- The cost associated with the usual Celebration and Blessing of a Marriage incurred by All Saints Episcopal Church is on a sliding scale, depending on the size of the wedding, which includes honoraria for the priest, organist, and support staff as well as reimbursement to the parish for utilities. Other costs may apply.
WHERE WILL OUR WEDDING BE HELD?
- In the larger Church, in the St. Luke’s Chapel or on the beautiful grounds of the Church.
WHAT ABOUT OUR RECEPTION?
- We have a large space inside and a permanently tented area on the terrace outside overlooking the water.
HOW DO I SCHEDULE A WEDDING AT ALL SAINTS EPISCOPAL CHURCH?
- Speak with the Rector at 954-467-6496, ext. 1103.
Planning a Funeral
The liturgy for the dead is an Easter liturgy. It finds all its meaning in the resurrection. Because Jesus was raised from the dead, we, too, shall be raised. The liturgy, therefore, is characterized by joy, in the certainty that “neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus , our Lord.”
- The death of a member of the Church should be reported as soon as possible to the church.
Arrangements for the funeral should be made in consultation with the clergy before decisions are made with a funeral director.
- Baptized Christians are properly buried from the church. The norm is to have the body or its ashes present for the service.
- Lessons for the service are selected by the family with the help of the clergy. They can be found in the Book of Common Prayer on pages 494-495.
- The coffin is to be closed before the service, and it remains closed thereafter.
- The Burial Service may include a celebration of the Holy Eucharist.
- There is no charge for the use of the church for members. Cost for non-members is $500.
- Organist is available at a charge of $200.
- Flowers can be ordered through the church office. The usual cost is $150.
- The priest’s honorarium is $250.
- If music or flowers are chosen, please make payment to the church at the time the decision is made.
- To schedule a funeral or memorial service, contact Michael Lee, church administrator, or the Rector at 954-467-6496
You may also visit the following website to access the live stream: https://vimeo.com/allsaintsftl
Bulletins for each service will be posted on our website:
Sunday Mornings @ 10:00 AM - The Holy Eucharist
Wednesday @ 12:05 PM - Healing Eucharist
Thursday @ 6:30 PM - Vespers (Evening Prayer)
Every night (except Thursday) @ 8:30 PM - Compline (Prayers at the End of Day)