Life Events

Baptisms, Weddings, Funerals, and other occasions

Please contact Rev Deborah Kirk,

Office Tel.: (01823) 275765

Home Tel.: (01823) 334854

email: deborah.m.kirk@googlemail.com

to discuss the use of Temple for a baptism, confirmation, wedding, renewing of wedding vows, funeral, or service of thanksgiving. In considering Temple for your occasion please consider what facilities or requirements you may need – we would love to help you.

Considerations during the COVID pandemic

Temple is beginning to open for acts of worship, baptisms, weddings, funerals and all other activities. We are in the process of instigating what is required to allow a return to using the premises, and putting necessary measures in place. The number of people who can attend has been limited by the UK Government (15 for a wedding and 30 for a funeral from 28th September, please see the latest government advice). The actual number will be dependent on what is safe. The following links give an indication of what will be required and the limitations to allow a safe return.

Methodist guidance on reopening churches

UK Government COVID-19: guidance for the safe use of places of worship during the pandemic

UK Government COVID-19: guidance for small marriages and civil partnerships

UK Government COVID-19: guidance for managing a funeral during the coronavirus pandemic

Baptism and Confirmation

Baptism (or Christening) marks entry into the Christian Church.

The Methodist Church, like most denominations, offers baptism to both adults and young children. Baptism is recognized by all the other mainstream Churches that baptize infants.

An infant thanksgiving may be an alternative to consider.

A Service of Confirmation (or Membership, in the Methodist Church) can be arranged when you feel ready to take on the commitment and responsibility of Christian discipleship, and to play a full part in the life of the Church. You can become a Member of the Methodist Church at any age!

Further information:

From the Methodist Church

All This For You: The meaning of baptism in the Methodist Church

available from Methodist Publishing - Ref PA186

Liturgy for the Reaffirmation of Baptismal Faith (PDF)

Baptism & Confirmation

Infant Thanksgiving

From the UK government

Registering a birth

Weddings

Your wedding is an important day in your lives, and we want to do all we can to make the marriage service a really special part of your day.

Weddings in the Methodist Church are carried out as prescribed by UK law. This would normally have to be in the civil registration district in which one of the couple lives. As part of the legal process, prospective marriage partners will need to go to the local registry office to provide the necessary documentation to show they can get married.

A church marriage is a Christian ceremony, with prayers and Bible readings reflecting Christian understandings of what marriage is about, with this in mind, we would offer a series of meetings with you to talk though the different elements of a Church Marriage, and to explore their significance.

If you choose to get married through a civil ceremony, we can also offer a Christian blessing, and later in your marriage, a ceremony in which you may renew your vows to one another before God, can also be arranged.

The varied issues around marriage and relationships have recently come under consideration by the Methodist Church centring around discussion of the Marriage and Relationships 2019 report. It was hoped that a decision on recommendations would have been made at the 2020 Methodist Conference, however due to the COVID pandemic it was decided to defer this until the 2021 Conference.

Further information:

From the Methodist Church

Weddings

From the UK government

Marriages and Civil Partnerships

Funerals

If you are recently bereaved please accept our condolences; our minister is here to help you.

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.

Whether you would like a service at the Church, or at the Crematorium - or perhaps both - please do contact Rev Deborah Kirk early on in your arrangements, as we shall need to liaise with both you and your funeral director. The funeral director will provide advice and organise many of the practical arrangements.

The minister will visit families, plan the service with you, and offer comfort and support before and after the funeral itself.

Once a year, around the time of All Souls’ Day, we hold a service in the Circuit to remember those who have gone before us. Invitations will be sent to those bereaved in the last year, and anyone is welcome to come and share in an Act of Remembrance and reflection.

Further information:

From the Methodist Church

Funerals

From the UK government

When Someone Dies

Funeral directors

uk-funerals

National Association of Funeral Directors

Bereavement

Cruse Bereavement Care