SPECIAL SERVICES

BAPTISM

Holy Baptism is full initiation by water and the Holy Spirit into Christ’s Body the Church. At Good Shepherd,  we delight in welcoming the newly baptized as partners with us in Christ’s life and ministry. When we baptize infants, it is the parents and sponsors (godparents) who make promises on behalf of the child. When we baptize adults, the adult renounces evil, affirms faith in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior, and joins in promising to uphold the faith of the Church. We promise to do all in our power not only to make your baptism a Spirit-filled occasion, but also to support you in your life in Christ.

 

Traditionally, the Christian church has four feast days on which baptisms are especially appropriate; The Feast of the Baptism of our Lord (in January), The Great Vigil of Easter (early spring), The Day of Pentecost (late spring), and All Saints' Sunday (early November). If circumstances necessitate a different date, we will try to accommodate your need. Baptisms are not held in the season of Lent (the forty days leading up to Easter) and are not encouraged during Advent (the four weeks preceding Christmas). 

To inquire about scheduling a baptism at Good Shepherd service please contact the Church Administrator either by phone (864.877.2330) or by email.

WEDDINGS

Good Shepherd is always honored to be the setting for the public witness and blessing of a couple’s life-long union. Weddings at Good Shepherd use the sacred rites of the Episcopal Church as approved for use by the Episcopal Diocese of Upper South Carolina.

 

To inquire about scheduling a wedding service at Good Shepherd service please contact the Church Administrator either by phone (864.877.2330) or by email.

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FUNERALS

As Christians, we proclaim that in death, life is changed, not ended, and we hope our ministry will help you to move forward with assurance that the person you love has passed through death into new life in God, and that in your grief, Christ makes himself present in compassion.

Funeral and memorial services at Good Shepherd are based on the order of service provided in The Book of Common Prayer. The Clergy will help your family to plan the service, and to choose readings, prayers, hymns, and music that proclaim our faith in resurrection; reflect and celebrate the life of the person who has died; and offer comfort and hope to all who mourn.

We encourage you to meet with a clergy member to begin planning your funeral in advance. When the death of a member of the congregation occurs, please contact the Church Administrator at 864.877.2330 as soon as possible

To inquire about scheduling a funeral/memorial service please contact the Church Administrator at 864.877.2330.