Baptisms, Weddings & Funerals

Baptism

Baptism (or Christening) marks entry into the Methodist Church which allows both adults and children to be baptised. Parents wishing to have their children baptised should approach the minister. The minister will be able to explain what’s involved but baptism’s generally form part of the Sunday morning service. Preparation for baptism will include regular attendance at church prior to the baptism service.

Some parents believe, on reflection, that a service of baptism is not appropriate for them and their child. An alternative service called an ‘Act of Thanksgiving after the Birth or Adoption of a Child’ may be more appropriate. If you think this may be the case then talk it through with your minister, who will be able to advise you on the best approach for your personal circumstances.

 

Weddings

A couple wishing to marry should approach the Minister of the church at which they want to be married. Marriage preparation is provided by the Minister responsible for the church where they wish to hold the service. The best route is to contact this minister and start making links as soon as possible. As part of the legal process, prospective marriage partners will also need to visit the local registry office.

One of us is divorced. Is that OK?

The rules and laws relating to divorce are made by the State. The Methodist Church is generally willing to marry people who have been divorced, as long as there are not major obvious reasons why it would be inappropriate to do so. TheĀ  minister will also be able to explain the legalities about going to the registrar for a certificate.

 

Funerals

Christians believe that the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ gives them hope and cause for thanksgiving in the face of death. In this faith we entrust those who have died to the mercy and love of God. A funeral service acknowledges this hope and offers the bereaved an opportunity to remember their loved one’s life and offer them into God’s care. Most people will use the services of a local funeral director who will provide advice and organise all the practical arrangements.

The person who has died may have left details of the sort of funeral that they hoped for. Ministers will want to support families in keeping to such arrangements as much as possible and in making the service a personal and appropriate. Taking funerals is an important part of the minister’s work and he or she will take time to visit families, offering comfort and support.