Pastoral Services

Holy Baptism

Holy Baptism is the sacrament by which God adopts us as his children and makes us members of Christ's Body, the Church, and inheritors of the kingdom of God. The outward and visible sign in Baptism is water, in which the person is baptized in the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.

 
The inward and spiritual grace in Baptism is union with Christ in his death and resurrection, birth into God's family the Church, forgiveness of sins, and new life in the Holy Spirit. It is required that we renounce Satan, repent of our sins, and accept Jesus as our Lord and Savior.
 
We baptize infants and young children, as indicated in Acts of the Apostles in Scripture and Christian tradition. Infants and younger children are baptized so that they can share citizenship in the Covenant, membership in Christ, and redemption by God. Promises are made for them by their parents and sponsors, who guarantee that the infants will be brought up within the Church, to know Christ and be able to follow him.
 
For adults who are joining The Episcopal Church and were baptized as infants or as adults, we recognize and affirm your baptism. We believe in one baptism for the forgiveness of sins and its efficacy when you were baptized. Please inquire about Confirmation or the Renewal of Baptismal Vows or Reaffirmation of Faith with the parish priest to affirm the good work that God has begun in you.
 
If you are an adult desiring to be baptized, please contact the parish office to schedule a time with the parish priest to prepare for baptism.
 
If you are parents of a child (adoptive or biological), please contact the parish office to schedule a time with the parish priest to prepare for your child's baptism.
 
Baptisms are generally scheduled for Sunday mornings, but may be scheduled at other times for pastoral reasons.
 
Epiphany, Easter, Day of Pentecost, and All Saints are designated for Baptism by ancient tradition and The Book of Common Prayer. The Sacrament of Baptism may be administered at other times as required by circumstance. 
 
In the event of an emergency, lay persons may baptize a person. The baptism should be reported as soon as possible to the parish priest to be recorded in the parish register and acknowledged by the parish on a Sunday morning.

 

Funerals

All Saints is happy to host the rites of the burial of the dead for you or your loved one.

Burial Rites are according to the Book of Common Prayer (1979). The burial of the dead is a sacred rite in the church. Scripture and tradition come together to offer pastoral care and dignity. The rites of this church have been given to President Ford and First Lady Betty Ford and President George H. W. Bush and First Lady Barbara Bush, among many others.

Whether grand or most simple, our nation's premier leaders and our most intimate of friends and family are given the same Christian rites of burial from our prayer book.

Please connect with the parish administrator or parish priest to begin to plan for burial rites at All Saints.

Please read this customary to help prepare for burial rites at All Saints.

 

Weddings

All Saints is happy to consider your request to celebrate your wedding.

We rent our spaces to those who are preparing to celebrate their marriage. Please review the cost and considerations page for the use of our facilities that is attached on this page.

All Saints does respect, offer blessing, and welcome to all couples - same gender or opposite gender.

Members of All Saints are most welcome to celebrate their wedding here. The parish and priest are here for you and to support you and to celebrate your marriage! The cost of flowers and musicians are not required, but many people expect music and flowers at their marriage. These costs are not included or standard nor are they required at your wedding.

There is no charge for weddings for members of All Saints. For non-members, fees will apply for use of facilities and clergy. Please connect with the parish administrator to answer your specific questions about your wedding planning in regards to All Saints Episcopal Church in Roanoke Rapids, North Carolina.