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FAQ: special church services
Will you marry us? Can we have our wedding in your church?
We would be delighted to perform a marriage ceremony for you and your spouse-to-be. That said, some potential newlyweds shopping for a wedding venue find that our guidelines don’t dovetail with their preferences for The Big Day.
We are pleased to marry practicing Christians who intend to live out the sacrament of Christian marriage. If you and your intended are members of different Christian churches, that isn’t a problem. The process at St. Bartholomew’s begins with pre-marital counseling, so simply pretending an intention you don’t plan to live out isn’t likely to work. The wedding service in the Episcopal Church is a beautiful one (and bears the closest resemblance to the service used in Hollywood films) but it offers relatively few opportunities for customization. Writing your own service and vows isn’t an option.
If you or your intended are looking for a secular wedding or wishing to use St. Bartholomew’s worship space to hold a civil ceremony, let us suggest several alternative wedding venues for rent in the Waukesha County area. For more information, contact us.
Will you baptize my baby?
We will definitely usher your child into the Kingdom of God through Christian baptism. All that we request is that you are willing to honestly answer the questions asked of parents and sponsors in the Episcopal baptism liturgy. In the ceremony, the priest will ask if you intend to bring up your child in the Christian faith and life. He will ask if you are willing to turn to Jesus Christ and accept him as your savior. If you are willing to answer yes to both questions…as a parent and on behalf of your young child…we will gladly perform a baptism. This opportunity is equally open to older children who can speak for themselves, and for adults of any age. For more information, contact us.
Will you do our funeral?
We are glad to perform a funeral ceremony for anyone who asks, whether they were a lifelong Episcopalian or a notorious atheist. The reason is simple: funerals are for the living, many of whom may wish to express their faith through a commemoration of the life of a loved one.
The Episcopal burial office is well defined and inspiring in itself. Outside of a eulogy, it doesn’t leave a great deal of time for sharing memories of the deceased. We recommend a separate time during the funeral reception for this activity. While it is customary for a surviving family to make a donation to compensate the officiant and cover expenses, none is ever required. For more information, contact us.
How do I become a member of your church?
It is important to note that anyone is welcome at any time to attend worship services at St. Bartholomew’s, and to take part in other church activities. Membership is not a requirement, and there are no fees or dues involved.
Most people who become regular participants in St. Bartholomews’ life choose to be added to the membership roll of the church. There is nothing to sign and no obligation other than to share your contact information with us and be willing to be considered a church member.
We would appreciate the opportunity to formally welcome new members with a brief ceremony of reception, conducted at a Sunday worship service. Parishioners who have transferred from other churches are recognized in this same way.
There is never a financial requirement for church membership. That said, most members choose to formalize their responsibility for Christian stewardship by making a pledge of financial support to St. Bartholomew. A pledge card is available in the church office. For more information, contact us.
Can we use your church space for meetings or parties?
We’re always a bit uncomfortable when people ask us this question. While we want to be perfectly hospitable as good Christians should, we find that the cost of liability insurance for outside events makes opening our doors to the community very costly. For this reason we encourage you to call the church office, where we have a list of potential venues for your meeting, party or event in the Greater Waukesha area.
For more information on these or any other topics, contact the church office at 262-691-0836 or email firstname.lastname@example.org