Some Church members are skilled in arranging flowers and use this gift in God’s service.
Flowers not only make the church look nice but they can remind us of the beauty of God’s creation.
The arrangement of colour and shape can help to illustrate the theme of the service.
These flowers at Easter time remind us of the sacrifice of Jesus blood on Good Friday and His rising from the tomb on Easter day. (more…)
It is always lovely to welcome new members into the family of the Church. Everyone wants to give thanks for this new life! Often, when parents bring their new baby to the service for the first time, they take it to the front and then walk down the aisle so everyone can see.
Sometimes parents choose to have a service of Thanksgiving and Blessing rather than a service of Infant Baptism. They want to give thanks for their child and ask for God to bless him/her. The vicar takes the baby in his arms and prays.
Bev and I were planning to get married, but although we are both part of the family at St. Margaret’s Church we new we couldn’t actually get married in the Church as I had been divorced. However it was very important to both of us to have God’s blessing on our marriage. We discussed this with Bob, the vicar, for a blessing service in Church, and he agreed. We felt it important to have our marriage and future lives together blessed by God and the Blessing Service was a wonderful way to do this.
At a Church Marriage ceremony, the couple choose to make their exclusive commitment / contract to each other in the sight of God and with his blessing. This is intended to be a lifelong commitment and Christian couples know they cannot achieve this without God’s help and try to put him at the centre of their marriages.
An example of the wedding vows:
“I, ….., take you, …..,
to be my wife / husband
to have and to hold
from this day forward;
for better, for worse,
for richer, for poorer,
in sickness and in health,
to love and to cherish,
till death us do part,
according to God’s holy law;
In the presence of God I make this vow” (more…)
Our lives can be seen as a journey passing through several stages.
The Church points out these landmarks with special services or rites.
Meet some members of St. Margaret’s Church and see how the Church marked those important changes in their lives.