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WHO WE ARE

NaveOUR PARISH

St. Martin’s-in-the-Fields is a mid-sized Episcopal parish within the Diocese of Upper South Carolina.  Located in Forest Acres, a suburb of Columbia, our campus is just off of Forest Drive, across the street from Crayton Middle School.

Founded in 1950, St. Martin’s is a liturgically-grounded parish whose members strive to live their lives through a deep understanding of the Anglican ideal of the via media, or the middle way. Here you will find young and old worshiping with serious intent in a parish atmosphere that is genuine, relaxed and come-as-you-are.

On our campus, you will discover people with big hearts and spirits:  generous with their gifts and always stretching to understand what it means to be a Christian in today’s world.

We find comfort in our deep loyalty to the Episcopal Church with its rich liturgy and prayer life. And we embrace the challenges of practicing our faith in a world too often engaged in cynicism and polarization.
 
Through God’s grace and the faithfulness of those who came before us, we continue to build a faith community that began 65 years ago. Come join us in sharing the Good News that Christ is alive and there’s love enough to go around. All are welcome! 

Nursery kids

OUR SUNDAY NURSERY

St. Martin's Sunday Nursery is a safe, loving space located in the Red Room along Rainbow Hall in The Commons. In the Sunday Nursery, children ages 3 and younger are cared for during Sunday worship services. During the school year, the nursery is open from 9 a.m. until after the 10:30 service. During the summer months, the nursery opens at 10:15 a.m.

For more information, please contact the Parish Office

Rileys and water

BAPTISMS

We love baptisms at St. Martin's and we celebrate this special "initiation by water and the Holy Spirit into Christ's Body the Church," as explained in the Book of Common Prayer, at least four times a year: in January on the Feast of the Baptism of Our Lord; at Easter; in the late spring at Pentecost; and in November on All Saints' Day.  

For more information about baptism, please contact the Parish Office

Confirmed 2016

CONFIRMATION

When a Christian is baptized at an early age, they are expected at a later time to take part in more thorough study and "make a mature public affirmation of their faith and commitment to the responsibilities of their Baptism and receive the laying on of hands by the bishop," as explained in the Book of Common Prayer. At St. Martin's, this takes place during the annual visit of the bishop, which occurs based on his visitation schedule.

For more information about Confirmation, please contact the Parish Office

Wedding shot

WEDDINGS

In the Episcopal Church, the celebration and blessing of a marriage is a sacramental rite requiring at least one member of the couple to be a baptized Christian.  There are certain other expectations which help couples prepare for this commitment and ensure that the wedding ceremony itself is a meaningful, joyful and sacred worship service.  Couples interested in being married at St. Martin’s should contact a member of the clergy well in advance of choosing a date to be married.  The clergy can guide the couple through the church’s requirements as well as answer questions about the marriage service.  The church sanctuary itself is not available for non-member weddings without the explicit permission of the rector. 

For more information, please contact the Parish Office

Memorial Garden photo (211 x 158)

FUNERALS

The burial service in the Episcopal Church finds its meaning in the Resurrection of Christ.  We gather as a faith community to commend our loved one to God and to give thanks for his or her life among us.  The clergy and members of St. Martin’s work closely together to plan these services and to support family members in their grief.  Additionally, St. Martin’s maintains two memorial gardens for the burial of cremated remains of parishioners and their families. 

For more information about funerals or the Memorial Garden, please contact the Parish Office

Vestry 2017

OUR VESTRY

The vestry is the governing body of an Episcopal Church with three primary responsibilities: to care for parish finances, to oversee parish buildings and to fill parish positions of leadership and representation. St. Martin's vestry members meet on the third Tuesday of each month, and all meetings are open to any member of the parish to attend. Our current vestry members are Heather Cairns (2017), senior warden; Julie Lumpkin (2019), junior warden; Eleanor Hodges (2019), clerk; Terri Bailey (2018), Bob Bell (2018), Bill Case (2018), Cissy Grabowski (2018), David Jones (2017), Carol McGinnis Kay (2019), Alice McCrory (2019), Martin McWilliams (2017) and Chad Poteat (2017).  Warren Darby serves as treasurer.
 
2017 Application to Run for  Vestry