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BAPTISMS

Can I have my child baptised at one of your chapels? Can I get baptised at one of your chapels?

We offer two ceremonies for children and adults to choose from.

A service of Thanksgiving is a dedication of a child to God and a special service held to honour the child. Usually there are no special vows or promises to make but instead a celebration of new life. This can occur in a private setting such as a home or a garden.

A Baptism or Christening takes part in a Sunday worship service, or a worship service on another day where the congregation and family are present. A baptism is not a private ceremony, but it is a sacrament and therefore the congregation must be present to make and fulfil promises. In both cases parents, Godparents and the people gathered make special promises to raise the child as a Christian, participating fully in the life and works of the church. It is a recognition that the child will become part of the body of Christ. This participation is a life long commitment to attending church often, teaching the child to pray and to read the Scriptures, and, to live a Christian life.

The child has blessed water placed on their head and is baptised into the Trinity in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. Living up to these promises is a difficult one, which is why the congregation also promises to help raise the child in faith. While we do not refuse any child or person a baptism, we encourage parents, godparents and carers to seriously consider the promises made on behalf of the child and to consider what commitments they will make to prayer, church attendance and teaching of the Gospel to the child. If the family is not prepared to bring the child to their church community frequently or to teach the child to pray and hear Gospel stories, we encourage the family to consider a service of Thanksgiving. There is no fee for baptisms.

Do the godparents have to be Christian? No, they do not, but they do need to keep their promises to raise the child with the help of the parents in the Christian tradition and tend to the spiritual needs of the child. Raising a child in the Christian tradition means teaching the child about God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit in the context of a Christian community- usually a church.

MARRIAGES

Can I get married in one of your chapels?
We do offer marriages in some of our chapels and the minister for those chapels is registered to do weddings. If you are considering getting married in one of our chapels, please consult the minister before booking any reception venues, photographers or other aspects of wedding planning as the Minister has set times of the year for Conferences, Synod and other church business and are not available. Please contact the minister approximately one year before your anticipated date if possible. In some cases, short notice marriages are possible, so speak to the Minister if this is your circumstance. Please contact us to find out Minister fees, musician fees and chapel fees. The Minister may also wish to meet with you a few times for some marriage preparation (even if you are already in a civil partnership or living together).

Can we use your chapel and a different minister?
As the minister of the chapels is registered to those chapels, it is possible to have another minister present for the ceremony and have full participation with the minister for that chapel. In this situation, the ceremony would have two ministers presiding. The minister registered for the chapel must be present and must sign the register.

Can same sex marriages occur in your chapels?
At this time, the Methodist Church does not offer marriages to same sex couples. This is a complex issue that the Methodist Church is discerning and one that we hope is resolved in the near future.

Why do ministers charge fees for weddings and funerals? What are the costs?
Ministers are highly trained and skilled professionals. In some cases ministers have two or more university degrees and specialised training. Planning and doing a wedding or funeral often takes about 15 hours or more and includes meeting with the people, resourcing liturgy and music, phone calls, planning and submitting legal documents. This is in addition to the 6 day work week dedicated to the local chapels. The fees are considered honorariums to show appreciation for the minister's time, education and work. While we do provide a ministry that is considered part of the life and work of the church for weddings and funerals, ministers and vicars charge fees that reflect their professional skills. The minister's fee for a funeral are the usually same as the Church of England.
Each chapel will have a fee for the use of the chapel and each musician will have a different fee and a fee for the use of the cemetery for burial of ashes or remains. Fees for the use of the chapel are used for the life and work of the church.

Funerals

If you have experienced a bereavement please accept our sincere condolances.

We do offer funerals in our chapel and work closely with funeral directors.

Pre Planning Funerals

It is a difficult subject to think about, but if something happened to you would your family or friends know your wishes?

If you wish to pre plan your funeral with us (or with another church/chapel/funeral home) we have an upcoming workshop that helps people think about information that is useful to your loved ones and the people providing your funeral. This is open to anyone regardless of faith or creed and you are not committed to having your funeral with us or anyone else. It is an opportunity to think about what you would like for your funeral and then leave the information with your family, a minister, a funeral director or someone else. This a free workshop and lasts about a half an hour.

Our next funeral planning workshop will be September 24th, 2019 at 7:30pm at Stiperstones Methodist Chapel.

For information about Funerals please contact our minister for more information.
Shalome.MacNeill-Cooper@methodist.org.uk or fill out the contact form.

Why do ministers charge fees for weddings and funerals? What are the costs?
Ministers are highly trained and skilled professionals. In some cases ministers have two or more university degrees and specialised training. Planning and doing a wedding or funeral often takes about 15 hours or more and includes meeting with the people, resourcing liturgy and music, phone calls, planning and submitting legal documents. This is in addition to the 6 day work week dedicated to the local chapels. The fees are considered honorariums to show appreciation for the minister's time, education and work. While we do provide a ministry that is considered part of the life and work of the church for weddings and funerals, ministers and vicars charge fees that reflect their professional skills. The minister's fee for a funeral are the usually same as the Church of England.
Each chapel will have a fee for the use of the chapel and each musician will have a different fee and a fee for the use of the cemetery for burial of ashes or remains. Fees for the use of the chapel are used for the life and work of the church.

MARRIAGES Can I get married in one of your chapels? We do offer marriages in some of our chapels and the minister for those chapels is registered to do weddings. If you are considering getting married in one of our chapels, please consult the minister before booking any reception venues, photographers or other aspects of wedding planning as the Minister has set times of the year....

Funerals If you have experienced a bereavement please accept our sincere condolances. If we can be of help to you please contact us at 01743 791 267. We do offer funerals in our chapel and work closely with funeral directors. We encourage you to contact our minister prior to booking reception venues to ensure that the date you request is available in the minister's diary. We do....