Baptism marks the outward ans visible sign of beginning the Christian journey that God walks with us. We ackowledge and hold up the original blessings that God invokes upon all human beings. In the baptismal service you commit yourself to following Jesus. When we baptize your child, you committ to raising them in Christian faith and practices. We usually offer baptisms on particular dates that come uo on the Church Liturgical Calendar.
To help you prepare, we invite you to begin by arranging to meet with our Parish Priest, Lon to discuss baptism. We offer various courses on Christian basics, such as Chrisitianity Explored, Life Explored or The Alpha Course. These courses and or one on one prep with our clergy will help you answer these questions: Who is Jesus? Why did he come? What does it mean to follow him? You can reach lon at 250-208-9949 or at [email protected]
Confirmation is a public service of worship where a person reaffirms their baptismal vows. For those baptized as a baby this is an opportunity to take ownership of the promises made on your behalf by your parents and sponsors. During the service, the Bishop 'confirms' your commitment to follow Christ and prays for the Holy Spirit to come upon you.
To help you, we offer preparation for both youth and adults. The preparation is usually done with a group. We respect all other Christian denominations and therefore in the Confirmation Service we also recieve people from other Chrstian Denominations where they were confimed by a bishop. Our bishop also confirms people if they come from denominations that do not have bishops.
As one young woman said: ‘We spent so much time planning for our wedding, but very little time, if any, planning for married life.’
As you get ready to begin married life, we want to help you build a healthy marriage. A relationship with Jesus Christ is the most important relationship we can have and will enrich your marriage. Here's what Jesus had to say about marriage: "
To help you prepare for marriage, we recommend that you begin by meeting with our Parish Priest, Lon Towstego. There is a process of preparation which he will explain and as possible work with you to arrange. Please note that we do not 'rent" our facilities for weddings by other clergy. Rev. Lon or a Diocese of BC clergy person approved by Lon.
“We are an inclusive and welcoming parish; the sacraments of the church (ex. baptism, communion and marriage) are available to all people on equal terms. Christ welcomes you, and so do we.” If you have questions/comments/concerns please don’t hesitate to be in touch.
Funerals, Memorial Services and Celebrations of Life
We can help you during the difficult period following the death of a loved one. Our Anglican funeral service speaks words of comfort and hope, all based on the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. The Pastor or Deacon will work with you to plan the service, including Bible readings and hymns. Subject to availability, our two halls may be booked for a reception after the service. For a funeral at St Mary's, contact the office. For a funeral at St Stephen's, contact the office.