Holy Baptism is the sacrament by which a person – infant, child or adult – becomes a member of the Body of Christ. Baptism in any tradition or denomination is recognized as long as one has been baptized with water and in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. All baptized Christians are invited to receive communion, including children.
Confirmation is a mature, public affirmation of one’s faith and one’s commitment to the responsibilities of Baptism. When an infant or young child is baptized, the baptismal vows are made by adults on the child’s behalf. Confirmation is an opportunity for those baptized – having reached maturity – to confirm their baptismal vows and to receive the laying on of hands by a bishop.
In the Episcopal Church it is required that at least one of the individuals desiring to be married be a baptized Christian. Clergy are required to meet with the couple for a minimum of three premarital counseling sessions and must know about any previous marriages. Permission of the Bishop of New York is required if either of the persons has been married before.
Funerals and memorial services (the latter describes a service where the remains of the deceased are not present) may be held for non-members as well as members, subject to the approval of a member of the clergy staff. Liturgies normally follow the Book of Common Prayer and cannot be scheduled on Sundays.
A columbarium located in the Sacristy holds ashes of departed members of the church and others who have wished for their remains to be interred permanently in the church.