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St. George’s is a beautiful church with grounds that are serene and reflect our Anglican tradition and the peace we find in prayer as God’s people. Many are drawn to St. George’s to join our worshiping community or to be the location of observing some of life’s milestones. We welcome all people to join as members, and we also invite non-members to feel comfortable in approaching us to work with them in planning and conducting the various ceremonies which mark the important changes in their lives.
Marriage is the most common sacrament non-members ask us to perform and we welcome these opportunities. It is important to note specifically that St. George’s, in full accordance with the policies of the Diocese of Newark, and in keeping with New Jersey State law offers same sex couples equal access to all sacraments, including Marriage.
St. George’s is an Episcopal Church. Our religious tradition requires certain expectations of the couple and the practical working of the church requires others. Since the relationship of members and non-members to the church is different, so are the expectations related to planning and expenses. A member is defined as any person who attends St. George’s and pledges for at least one calendar year prior to the ceremony. The Rector is available to discuss any aspect of this process with couples wishing to proceed.
Expectations of any couple, member and non-member, are these:
- At least one member of the couple is a baptized Christian (not necessarily Episcopalian).
- The couple has undergone an appropriate pre-marital counseling series with the Rector or an agreed upon substitute. Normally four sessions are held. If either of the couple has been married twice or more already, an outside counselor is required for counseling. Divorce documents must be presented at the first meeting with the Rector if one or both persons are divorced. Permission by the Bishop for remarriage is required but the process is usually completed within 30 days.
- Ceremonial aspects, floral arrangements, and musical selections are all subject to the approval of the Rector.
Funerals and Memorial Services
When death comes to a member of your family, we recommend that you contact a priest as soon as possible to discuss a funeral or memorial service in the church and/or interment in St. George’s Memorial Garden.
The Memorial Garden of St. George’s Church is located on the hillside adjacent to the north wall of the church, in the shadow of the cross.
The Memorial Garden is a fitting final resting place for ashes. The Episcopal Church recommends cremation as an appropriate alternative to traditional burial.
Interment of the ashes in this beautiful garden can be a great comfort and a continual reminder that we share with those who have departed in the fellowship of the saints. Bronze plaques on the Memorial Wall in the Cloister Garden bear the name and dates of birth and death of each person whose ashes are interred there.
Members, relatives and friends of St. George’s may also pre-pay for interment in the Cloister Memorial Garden. Please contact the parish office regarding the guidelines for interment and associated fees.
- Please discuss any questions about your financial expectations during the preparations with clergy or contact the Parish Office
- Please make out one check to “St. George’s Church” for the total amount due for proper distribution. Checks are due one week before the service.
- Financial contributions to the church and Rector are used to fund various ministries of this church.