The celebration of marriage unites two people and makes them one in the eyes of God. For Christians, marriage is a covenant through which two people are called to live out together before God their lives of discipleship. In a service of Christian marriage, a lifelong commitment is made, publicly witnessed, and acknowledged by the community of faith.
To be married at the Meeting House at least one member of the couple must be baptized and a professing Christian. Ordinarily, at least one member of the couple should be a Meeting House member or a child of a member.
For more information, for a fee schedule, or to discuss your wedding with the church’s wedding coordinator, contact the church office.
Funerals and Memorial Services
We know that “death brings loss, sorrow, and grief to all. In the face of death Christians affirm with tears and joy, the hope of the gospel. Christians do not bear bereavement in isolation but are sustained by the power of the Spirit and the community of faith” (Book of Order, W-4.10001).
What distinguishes a Christian funeral or memorial service is its focus on the resurrection of Jesus Christ and the uniquely Christian resurrection hope. Presbyterians insist that funerals or memorial services are worship services.
The church is the place where the community gathers in time of death to worship God through word, hymn, and prayer, praising God for God’s goodness and grace, asking comfort for those who mourn and giving thanks for the victory over death which God has given us in Christ Jesus.
Christians literally brought funerals out of the darkness and into the light, when the ancient Roman practice of burying the dead only at night was changed by early Christians.
Baptism is a sacrament of Christian initiation.
As an individual is cleansed by the waters of Baptism, the whole congregation is reminded of God’s everlasting covenant with us in Jesus Christ. Members of the Meeting House who wish to nurture their children in the Christian faith are encouraged to present them for Baptism. Baptism is the same sacrament for both adults and children: the Presbyterian Church (USA) recognizes all baptisms with water in the name of the Father, of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit administered by other Christian churches.
If you would like to be baptized, or to present your child for baptism, please contact one of the pastors. Please note that because baptism signifies incorporation into the body of Christ, a parent presenting a child for baptism shall ordinarily be an active member of the congregation.
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