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What about becoming a member of the Parish? 

What about getting involved with the ministry of the Parish? 

What about Baptism?

What is Baptism? There many thoughts about that floating around. So maybe it is important to note that Baptism is the basis of the Christian life. It is the first symbol and sacrament that a person has in their life. Asking for baptism for yourself or for a child or other member of the family means that both you and that other person are going to work at being a Christian person and all that this entails. And please note, Baptism is about you and Jesus Christ: trusting him to be your Saviour, putting your whole trust in his grace and love and learning to serve him as Lord in your life. 

The process begins by coming to the parish priest (Rector) and asking for a form. The form asks for the vital information that will be entered into the Parish Register and a certificate will be given so that it can be used as a piece of secondary identification. The parish has services that include baptism at ‘festival’ times of the year – namely Epiphany (Baptism of Jesus), Easter, All Saints Day (the Sunday closest to November 1st) and any other festivals as their might be need.

The preparation is simple but important. Candidates, parents, godparents and sponsors are meant to be in Church for worship on a regular basis. This does not mean every Sunday but let’s say at least three times a month. The purpose of this is straight forward: it is to build a habit of going to Church to honour the vows that are made to God. Also, on the Wednesday night before the Baptism Service, there is a preparation time with the families, that allows for some teaching, questions and a run through of the service itself. It is important that all those who are going to participate in the service, are at this meeting so that everyone knows what is happen on Sunday morning.

It is important moreover, to select people to be godparents and sponsors who are going to be active in the candidate’s life after the Baptism: to make sure that the candidate gets to worship and is learning what is needed to be a faithful, mature follower of the Lord Jesus. If these good folks are meant to be guardians of young children, please make sure that this is made known in your wills. This is a legal matter for the Crown and the courts and cannot be conferred by Baptism.

If there are questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to call the Parish Office (250) 627-1143 with anything you might wish to discuss.

What about Confirmation?

Training for confirmation and ministry in the Church can begin at any time.
Classes will happen with the Rector when there is a small group to begin.
Like with getting ready for Baptism, it is required that the Candidate be present for worship on a regular basis over at least a three month period and get involved in the ministries of the congregation in some way.
Dates are set in accordance with visits of the Bishop to the Cathedral. The Primary Day for this is the Day of Pentecost or its lesser feast on Trinity Sunday or at any other time the Bishop is present at the Cathedral that is not the feasts of Christmas or Easter.
Age for this Sacrament is not an issue. What is important is that the Candidate can take on the promise made for him or her in Baptism which means the person needs to be able to make a personal statement of faith in God and in Jesus Christ.

What about Holy Matrimony (marriage)?

All marriages must comply with both Civil and Canon Law. Please note that thought there is a discussion at the national level of the Anglican Church of Canada about allowing for Same Sex Marriage, the Bishop and Synod of the Diocese of Caledonia do not permit it.
At least one of the couple being married must be a baptized member of the Anglican Church of Canada.   
The Rector must receive a request to be married in the Parish 60 days in advance of the day of the Marriage. Permission to wave the waiting period can only be granted by the Bishop when given sufficient reason to do so.
Preparation includes going to divine worship during the 60 days on a regular basis. Counselling prior to the Marriage must be done to ensure that there are no impediments to the wedding legally or pastorally.
Remarriage must be discussed with the Rector. Provisions are made for such occasions but like above there must be counseling and preparation for the wedding.
The Parish does not permit alcohol, drugs or smoking in the buildings or on Church grounds. The Parish also does not permit the throwing of confetti or rice at the service.
Rentals of the Hall must be cleared with the People’s Warden and the appropriate fees are to be paid 30 days in advance of the wedding.
Clergy from outside the parish, according to National Canon XXI (21) are required to have the permission of the Rector for the wedding before consent can be given to the couple. Licensed Clergy from within the Diocese need the permission of the Rector and Clergy with the proper BC license from outside the diocese can officiate with the permission of the Bishop.
The wedding can take place in the context of the Holy Eucharist, if it is so desired.

What about Funerals?

Such services can be set up by appointment with the Rector.
Clergy from outside the Parish are welcome to vest and to participate in these services. It is helpful to the Rector if clergy could notify the Rector they are coming so that they can be included.
Unless there are circumstances that require immediate burial, there shall be no burial of the dead on Sundays.
It is encouraged to have funerals and burials in the morning, as after a certain point in the afternoon, the party responsible for the burial incurs additional costs and overtime for the City of Prince Rupert staff to do their work.
Fees for the use of the Church are to be paid at the Church Office. Honourariums for the clergy and musicians is the responsibility of the family of the Deceased.
The funeral can take place in the context of the Eucharist, if so desired.