Life Events

At St. James, we are there to accompany you during times of joy and times of loss. Life's big events like the birth of a child, marriage, or the death of a loved one are marked by sacraments in The Episcopal Church. Sacraments are "outward and visible signs of inward and spiritual grace." There is special instruction courses to help participants (and in the case of infant baptism, parents) prepare for baptism, confirmation, and marriage.

The two great sacraments given by Jesus to his friends are Holy Baptism and the Holy Eucharist, sometimes called Holy Communion or Mass. The other rites are confirmation, ordination, marriage, confession, and anointing those who are sick or dying.


Holy Baptism is offered to infants, children, and adults, most often on a Sunday morning.


Marriage is a glimpse of the love God has for each of us and a way of ordering our lives to be more faithful servants of Christ.


At confirmation, Christians baptized at an early age recommit to the promises made on their behalf.


At St. James, funerals are "Easter" services, full of hope of new and unending life.