Private Services

Some of our services are specially designed to honor life's most unique and powerful moments.

Our special services can be divided into two categories: sacramental services, and services that celebrate or commemorate a special event, such as a marriage or the passing of a community member. Private services are available to view online through our Memorial Services and Wedding livestreams.

Guidelines for Scheduling Sacraments & Rites

Due to an increase in inquiries to use the Cathedral for Sacraments & Rites services, Bryn Athyn Church implemented a new policy effective July 1, 2021. Click the image below for further details.

Private Services

Arrangements for communion, baptisms, confirmations, betrothals, weddings, home dedications, and memorial services may be made with the pastors at any time.

Marriage: The New Church's teachings on marriage are unique, and precious to us. They reveal the fundamental spiritual differences between men and women, and the ways in which these differences complement each other. They describe marriage as a spiritual covenant between a husband and a wife, and as a deep-reaching and complementary partnership that can last to eternity.  They explain what's at the heart of a healthy marriage, and they also show how a couple can work to restore peace and happiness in a struggling marriage. Visit our denominational site to read more about marriage, and love in marriage. Learn more about Cathedral weddings.

Memorial: “After death we all lead the same kind of life we led in the world.” Heaven and Hell 453
The New Church views death as a continuation of life on earth. Our memorial services (or funerals) are a ceremony to honor and celebrate a person’s life while he or she lived in this world. For information on memorial services,  please contact the Church Office at 215-947-6225 x 200 or visit the Memorial Service page.  Learn more about the Bryn Athyn Church Cemetery.


In the New Church we celebrate two sacraments: Baptism and the Holy Supper. These are often conducted during regular Sunday morning services, but they may also be conducted in private in a home or hospital setting, or in a private service at the church.

Baptism: This sacrament is a symbolic introduction into the church and into the truths it teaches—truths that will form the basis for future spiritual life and growth. People may be baptized as children or in adulthood. Baptism is a gateway to full adult membership in the church. To schedule a baptism, contact the Church Office at 215-947-6225 x 200 or visit the Membership & Baptism page.

Holy Supper (communion): In this sacrament we eat unleavened bread and drink wine. Participants are invited to come to the front of the church, where they receive the elements from the pastor while kneeling in prayer or meditation. The Holy Supper is open to all adults. We offer this sacrament roughly four times a year. The bread and wine are symbols of the love and wisdom with which God feeds and sustains our spirits, and we receive these elements as a symbol of our desire to receive the spiritual gifts He offers. To learn more about Holy Supper, contact the Church Office at 215-947-6225 x 200 or visit the Holy Supper page.