Sacraments and Rites
The church is the center for all of life’s passages. The St. Michael’s community offers every member love, care and support during life’s celebrations and its sorrows.
Welcoming the new into a life with Christ — whether they be babies or adults — is among the most important sacraments of the church. As Christ Himself was baptized, so may all be who wish to enter into a new relationship with Him. Infant and adult baptisms are held throughout the year.
St. Michael’s members are welcome to register their children or grandchildren for baptism. When a baptism date has been selected, parents must participate in “The Faith” classes, taught by the clergy.
Register your child for baptism below. Once your child is registered, you will be contacted about the next available date. Contact: Jean Olson.
While we don’t allow flash photography during the baptismal service, our photography team will make every effort to capture the moment for you whenever possible. Photos of parents, child and Godparents will be taken during rehearsals, which are at 9 a.m. on the day of the baptism.
All adults seeking baptism should contact Jean Olson for an appointment with the Rector.
Confirmation for Youth and Adults is scheduled once a year, usually in the spring. Youth must be in 6th grade or older and participate in a year-long confirmation curriculum. Adults who wish to be confirmed must participate in our Intro To St. Michael’s and Outline of the Faith series of classes, held in the fall and spring.
For Youth Confirmation, contact Stella Attaway
For Adult Confirmation, contact: Lee Hayden
Members of St. Michael’s and the children of members are welcome to celebrate their wedding with us. Couples wishing to marry at St. Michael’s must contact Jean Olson, parish secretary, who will schedule a meeting with a priest. Couples may not set a date until after that initial meeting. We do not perform weddings during Advent or Lent.
Wedding rehearsals are held at 5 p.m. on the day prior to the wedding and are directed by members of our Wedding Guild. We do not allow wedding planners to serve as wedding directors.
In March of 2015, the Rector and Vestry came to a consensus regarding a more inclusive weddings policy, and approved the following:
As directed by the Bishop, marriages for a man and a woman are according to the Book of Common Prayer, and liturgies for couples of the same sex are according to the form authorized by the General Convention of the Episcopal Church.
Weddings at St. Michael’s is our guide to help you plan the celebration and blessing of your marriage. All weddings at St. Michael’s follow parish guidelines outlined in the Handbook. Among the policies outlined therein are costs, scheduling, music, and other requirements.
Christian burial is a service of blessing and celebration of the life of the deceased. Our clergy and pastoral care committee are available for counseling and pastoral care in times of need. If a loved one dies, it’s important to notify the church as soon as possible, so we can provide you with planning, care and support. Contact: Jean Olson, Parish Secretary, 782-0731, ext. 112
We provide an end-of-life planning guide, The Omega File, as a permanent place to list your service plans.
St. Michael’s Burial Garden
The St. Michael’s Burial Garden was established in the 1980s as the first burial garden at an Episcopal Church in the City of Raleigh. Parishioners may reserve space for in-ground urns or in the walled columbarium. Graveside committals are held for loved ones being buried in the garden. To learn more, download our brochure
To reserve a space, contact: Lee Hayden, 782-0731, ext.108
St. Michael’s Memorials Committee
St. Michael’s also has a Memorials Committee that oversees gifts given in memory of loved ones. If you’d like to make a donation to the church in memory of someone, please send your memorial to Susan Little, St. Michael's Episcopal Church, 1520 Canterbury Road, Raleigh, NC 27608.