Life Events

The unity of the members of the church is expressed most fully in liturgy, the traditional expression of God’s presence in our lives. Liturgical milestones in the lives of families, including baptisms, weddings and funerals, are important in the Episcopal Church in general and at St. Martin in the Fields in particular. They are among the occasions when we connect most genuinely and celebrate most profoundly.

Baptisms

Baptism is the outward and visible sign of an inward and spiritual grace. In the Episcopal Church, it is the sacred rite of initiation, one of the five sacraments. Through Holy Baptism, God adopts us as his children and makes us members of Christ’s body, the church, and inheritors of the Kingdom of God.

St. Martin’s conducts baptisms during the service of worship, typically with the celebration of the Holy Eucharist. Group baptisms are held at least four times a year on the days below, but can also be scheduled for Easter Eve, Pentecost Sunday, the Feast of the Baptism of our Lord and other special days.

  1. May Third Sunday
  2. July Third Sunday
  3. September First Sunday
  4. November First Sunday (All Saint’s Sunday) visit

To find out more, talk with Parish Administrator Julianna Cox at jcox@stmartins.org or (404) 228-0752.

Weddings

Getting Started

At St. Martin’s, a wedding is the sacred rite of marriage. In the Episcopal Church, it is also a sacrament — the Sacrament of Holy Matrimony — and so the church requires that at least one of the parties be a baptized Christian, that at least two witnesses attest the ceremony, and that the marriage conforms to the laws of the state and the canons of the church.

When a couple wishes to be married at St. Martin’s Episcopal Church, the first step is to schedule the date and time with Parish Administrator Julianna Cox at jcox@stmartins.org or (404) 228-0752.

Premarital Workshop

Couples to be married here typically attend a Premarital Workshop offered by the Care and Counseling Center of Georgia (404) 636-1457 and hosted by the Cathedral of St. Philip. Meetings with a member of the clergy for three sessions of premarital counseling are also expected. If either party has been divorced, permission from the Bishop of Atlanta must be obtained before the couple can wed.

Wedding guidelines

St. Martin’s has guidelines for wedding music, church fees and honoraria. For details, ask Parish Administrator Julianna Cox (jcox@stmartins.org or (404) 228-0752).

Funerals

St. Martin’s conducts the traditional Episcopal Burial Office for funerals and memorial services. This Easter liturgy is celebrates Christ’s victory over death. Its central theme is of Christian joy in the midst of death and loss, bearing witness to the living of the faith and hope of the Christian community.

When a death occurs or is imminent among St. Martin’s membership, the parish clergy should be notified right away. A priest will want to join family and friends to offer comfort, guidance, prayers and to consult on plans for the service and burial. The priests are available twenty-four hours a day — don’t hesitate to call at any hour in such a situation. They can be reached during office hours (8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Monday - Friday) on their office phones, and anytime in an emergency. Their direct phone numbers are published in the bulletin and in the Parish Guide (though not on this website).

Memorial gifts in lieu of flowers

St. Martin’s encourages family and friends who want to pay tribute to a loved one to donate a memorial gift to the parish or another good work that was important to the person. Gifts to the parish are acknowledged with a card to both the donor and the family. A specific memorial can be set up at a later date. To make a gift to St. Martin’s, visit our Give page or contact Business Manager Susan Breunig at sbreunig@stmartins.org or (404) 228-0756.