Baptisms and Weddings
Baptism: Holy Baptism is the Sacrament by which God adopts us as his children and makes us members of Christ's Body, the Church. We welcome you to celebrate baptism with us at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church. In baptism, parents and godparents of the baby or child to be baptized make the commitment to bring them up in the Christian faith. Holy Baptism is a public service of worship and is generally conducted within the context of a celebration of the Holy Eucharist on Sundays at 10:30am. If you would like to have your child baptized at St. Peter’s, call the church office to schedule a meeting with the priest.
Holy Matrimony: St. Peter’s welcomes your interest in being married in our church. All couples planning on being married at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Dartmouth should be a committed part of our church community especially by worshiping with us on Sundays. If you would like to be part of our community by registering as a member, we are here to help you in that process. There are also some basic rules for marriage within the Episcopal Church: at least one of the partners must be a baptized Christian; the ceremony must be attested to by at least two witnesses; and the marriage must conform to the laws of the State and the canons of this Church. Because the needs of individual couples vary, the time required for premarital counseling also varies, but will include a minimum of three sessions, with both the bride and the groom present. Marriage is a sacramental rite in which a couple makes a solemn and public commitment to each other before God. Couples must also meet with the clergy for pre-marital preparation. Please contact the church office for more information. In the Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts, clergy officiate at same-sex weddings.