Worship With Us
Sundays, 10 am
Stations of the Cross
Fridays during Lent, 6:30 pm
Holy Baptism is the initiation by water and the Holy Spirit into Christ’s Body – the Church. This Sacrament is typically held during the 10am service on Sunday, when the congregation is invited to renew their own Baptismal Covenant, and to welcome the church’s newest member. The bond which God establishes in baptism is permanent and represents the outward and visible sign of Christ’s grace at work in our lives now and forever, and we baptize those who come to God in faith in the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit. In the Episcopal Church, baptism is the entry rite into the Christian life. Baptism is the only requirement for joining in the Holy Eucharist and all other ministries of the Church. Each candidate for Holy Baptism is sponsored by one or more baptized persons, and we expect parents and sponsors desiring to have their child or children baptized, or adult individuals, to meet with the minister to review the service and the meaning of the Sacrament. We hope everyone who desires to be baptized will join us in our mission “to know Christ and make Christ known”, become an active part of this faith community, and find a spiritual home at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, Devon.
In the Christian faith, marriage is the covenant between a woman and a man entered into before God in the Church. It is never seen as a private event and for that reason weddings take place before witnesses and invited guests in the presence of God. Marriage is a sacramental institution, given to us by God for our mutual joy and is the visible sign of the mystery of the union of love between Christ and the Church – a sign of gracious, sacrificing, faithful love. It is a lifelong commitment by two people to love, honor and cherish one another through life in faithfulness and true godliness. At least one person, bride or groom, must have been baptized and must apply for their wedding at least two months before the intended date (if possible). The priest must be notified at least thirty days since there will be a minimum of three meetings between the bride, the groom and the minister prior to the wedding. If either person has been previously married, permission to marry must be given by the Bishop of the Diocese of Connecticut for the wedding to proceed. We take the bond and covenant of marriage seriously, and are delighted to share in this important event.
As Christians, we live in the hope and reality that nothing can separate us from the love of God in Jesus Christ – nothing in life; nothing in death. Still, one of the hardest things we face in this life is the death of a loved one. The clergy, staff, and pastoral care team at St. Andrew’s offer their caring support and expertise to individuals and families through those difficult days. Our love and care begins with the planning of the funeral to celebrate their life and to offer comfort in the promise of life beyond the door of death by the grace of God. The Funeral may be held in the church, or funeral home, or at the gravesite; interment may take place before or after the litergy. The CareNet Committee is available to provide a simple reception in Faith Hall for parishioners. Please contact Rich Daigle, Sr. Warden (203) 877-4967, (203) 506-8786 cell; or Ernie Moroz, Jr. Warden (203) 874-4944, (203) 988-5552 cell, who will be in contact with you as soon as possible.