Baptism (or Christening) marks entry into the Methodist Church. Parents wishing to have their children baptised should approach the minister. The minister will be able to explain what’s involved but baptisms generally form part of the Sunday morning 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 the minister, who will be able to advise you on the best approach for your personal circumstances.
A couple wishing to marry should approach the Minister who will provide the necessary preparation. The best route is to contact the 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. The minister will also be able to explain the legalities about going to the registrar for a certificate.
Christians believe that the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ give them hope and cause for thanksgiving in the face of death. In this faith we entrust those who have died to the infinite mercy and love of God. A Methodist funeral service acknowledges this hope and offers bereaved people the opportunity to remember their loved one’s life and offer them into God’s care.
How do we arrange a funeral?
Most people will use the services of a local funeral director, who will provide advice and organise all the practical arrangements. If you would like a funeral to involve the church and a local minister it is a good idea to find out if they are available before booking the time and date of the service.
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 occasion. 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 before and after the funeral itself. In some churches they may be able to offer the ongoing support of one of their pastoral team.