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As Christians, many of our lives' most important events are centered around the Church.  Here, at St. Matthew's, these services follow the Book of Common Prayer.  As you plan your event, please call the Parish Office to make arrangements and to meet with the clergy.  The Parish Office is open Monday - Friday, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. 

 

HOLY BAPTISM

Holy Baptism is normally administered in the church during services of corporate worship, or privately by special arrangement.  Parents will be asked to meet with the officiating clergy person for baptismal instruction prior to Baptism.  To fulfill their obligations, sponsors should be able to take their vows in good conscience as active Christians.

 

HOLY MATRIMONY

Except in the case of illness, should be solemnized in the church or Chapel-in-the-Woods, weather permitting.  There must be at least two witnesses present and at least one party to the marriage must be a baptized person.  A minimum 30-day notice is required by the Canons of the Episcopal Church for a first marriage, and longer for a second marriage.  This provides adequate time for pre-marital counseling with the clergy.

 

CHRISTIAN BURIAL

If possible, should always be accompanied by a service held in the church. While it is in the church, the casket is closed and covered with a pall symbolizing the equality of all under the love of God.  Memorial contributions may be made to St. Matthew's Church in the name of the departed.

If you wish information about burial in the Churchyard, please contact the Parish Office.

 

MEMORIAL FLOWERS

For Sunday services, altar, window and entry flower arrangements may be arranged by contacting Mrs. Michael Lindsay-Stewart at 203-938-2579.  Following the Sunday services, the flowers are delivered to parishioners who are ill.

 

HOLY COMMUNION

The clergy is available to provide Holy Communion to those who are unable to attend the public services of the church.  Anyone desiring a home Communion should contact the Parish Office.