Sacraments & Rites
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.
—The Book of Common Prayer, page 298
We delight in bringing babies, children, and adults into the faith of Jesus Christ through baptism. Normally, baptisms are celebrated on the days appointed in the Book of Common Prayer, and those are during the Great Vigil of Easter, Pentecost Sunday, All Saints’ Day or Sunday, and the Feast of the Baptism of our Lord (the First Sunday after the Epiphany). Another time for baptisms is during the Bishop’s yearly visit. When necessary, we arrange for baptisms at other times. If you are considering a baptism, please contact The Rev. David Henson.
All weddings must adhere to St. James Wedding Customary, the Book of Common Prayer, the Constitutions and Canons of the Episcopal Church, and the laws of the State of North Carolina. Same-sex marriages are welcomed and celebrated at St. James.
The Burial Rite is one of the most beautiful and hope-filled services of the Church. As Christians, we believe death is the gate to eternal life, and as such, all funerals are Easter celebrations of the Resurrection and an individual’s share in it. Please inform any of the parish clergy if someone is dying or has died, so that we can minister to them and their family. It is the norm that the clergy of St. James are the officiants at all funerals and that Holy Eucharist be a part of the Burial of the Dead. St. James also offers the St. Joseph’s Guild, a ministry for those near death and their families.