Weddings

Initial contact should be made with the Parish Administrator, Lorraine Beamer, to explore the possibility of a wedding at St. Philip's Church.  Dates are usually set far in advance and premarital counseling is a required part of the process.  For more information regarding weddings at St. Philip's please view the following wedding policy: Wedding Policy

Historic Chapel of the Cross

The Chapel of the Cross at St. Philip’s Episcopal Church in Southport, North Carolina, is an historic place of worship. 

Erected in 1843 on its present site in Southport (then called Smithville), the Chapel of the Cross is not only a visible link with our past as a community, but a continuing reminder to the people of Brunswick County and East Carolina of the religious history, traditions and culture that have meant so much to the people of North Carolina dating all the way back to the 18th century and our country’s successful fight for independence.

Baptism

Holy Baptism is full initiation by water and the Holy Spirit into Christ's Body the Church.  The bond which God establishes in Baptism is indissoluble. Holy Baptism is appropriately administered within the Eucharist as the chief service on a Sunday or other feast. Each candidate for Holy Baptism is to be sponsored by one or more baptized persons.  

Sponsors of adults and older children present their candidates and thereby signify their endorsement of the candidates and their intention to support them by prayer and example in their Christian life. Sponsors of infants, commonly called godparents, present their candidates, make promises in their own names, and also take vows on behalf of their candidates. 

Holy Baptism is celebrated on various occasions at one of our principal services.  Please contact the Rector at the Parish Office well in advance to arrange for a baptism.  A meeting with parents and godparents is necessary. 

St. Philip's Memorial Garden

Contact the rector as soon as possible following a death.  Burial from the church is encouraged, and a Memorial Garden for the interment of ashes is available for those desiring it.  There is a fee to cover the cost of the brass plaques commemorating those persons whose ashes are buried in the garden. 

“In the midst of life we are in death.”  So reads an ancient antiphon used for centuries in Christian rites of burial.  Because death is indeed a part of life, consideration should be given to the ways the community of Faith marks death as a passage in life.  The triumph of Our Lord Jesus Christ over death and the grave enables us to speak of death, even our own death, without fear or resignation.  And since advance thought is sometimes easier than the demands of the moment, a great grace can be given all who stop to consider death and its impact on the Christian community.  That is the purpose of this customary.  For more information on funerals at St. Philip's please review our Funeral Policy.