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Baptisms normally occur within the context of a Sunday Eucharist.  Prior to a baptism the candidate (if an adult) or the parents and godparents (if the candidate is a child) will meet with a member of the clergy on a  day other than the day of the service to discuss the service and the implications, large and small, of becoming a Christian through Baptism.

Selecting Godparents for children is an important decision. Godparents (also called "sponsors") may be legal guardians but need not be; those two roles are distinct.

The primary qualification for godparents is that they be baptized, active Christians (of any denomination) who are fully committed to supporting the nurture and growth of the candidate in accordance with the promises made in the baptismal service.

Godparents need not necessarily be Episcopalians. Godparents may, but need not, be family members or close friends. Godparents have a religious responsibility and it is recommended that they be chosen primarily for their desire and ability to fulfill that role.



Funerals at St. Elizabeth's

Funerals have at their center our belief in the resurrection and our hope for the life to come. The source of comfort for Christians is not that God rewards good lives, but that God raises all of us to new life beyond death. As an Episcopal Church, our services follow the liturgy for The Burial of the Dead in The Book of Common Prayer and our readings, as in all services, are from the Bible. 

The Memorial Garden

St. Elizabeth's has established The Memorial Garden, just north of the sanctuary outside of the Church, to provide a place on the Church grounds for the interment of the ashes of parishioners or their close family members who have entered their larger life with God. Following the words from the Burial Office, "earth to earth, ashes to ashes," we place the ashes directly into the earth which has nurtured us all of our lives and from which all earthly life grows.

Every All Saints’ Day we include in our prayers the names of all who have been interred in the Garden. The names of those interred are also added to a plaque in the narthex.

For more information about funerals at St. Elizabeth's, or the Memorial Garden, please contact the Church Office at 201-444-2299.





Weddings, like all of the services of the Church, have God as their focal point. In weddings we begin by  stating the Christian understanding of marriage, we read passages from the Bible which provide the foundation for that understanding, we witness the exchange of vows of the couple, and we ask God to bless and strengthen the couple in their life together. Christian marriage presupposes that the couple are currently active Church members.

As with all services in the Anglican tradition, the liturgy is from The Book of Common Prayer, and the music, decorations and all other elements of the service are under the direction of the clergy and drawn from the traditions of the Church.

For more information about getting married at St. Elizabeth's, please call the Church Office at 201-444-2299.


Worship Times


Sunday, February 17: Sixth Sunday after the Epiphany
8 a.m.: Holy Eucharist, Rite I
10 a.m.: Morning Prayer, Rite I

Weekday Morning Prayer, Rite I:
Monday - Friday at 8:30 a.m. in the Chapel

Holy Eucharist and Healing Prayers on Wednesdays at Noon in the Chapel
February 20

Ash Wednesday services on March 6 with disposition of ashes: 12 p.m., 4:30 p.m. (family service), 7:30 p.m.





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