Life Events

Here is the inside of the lovely heritage church in which we worship on Sundays.  It belongs to the Church Society and we share it with two Anglican congregations… see below for information on life events and how we can serve you.  If you would like to inquire further, please call our church office at 604-465-6233.

 

BAPTISM

We rejoice in God’s unconditional love of all of creation and every living being, during worship through:

  • The Blessing/Naming Ritual of a Child,
  • the Sacrament of Baptism (infant and adult) and
  • the Service of Renewal of Baptismal Faith (Confirmation/Being received into full membership).

Blessing/Naming Ritual: A Service of Thanksgiving for the Gift of a Child 

A service of blessing for the gift of a child celebrates the miracle & wonder of a child’s birth, and can provide an opportunity to a family to receive a blessing for and to name their child in community.  Whereas baptism marks the entry of a child into a congregation through vows made to each other and God by the parents and the congregation, a Blessing/Naming Ritual does not require any ongoing commitment from the parents/guardians. This service is offered as an act of joyful hospitality to new or existing parents who wish to celebrate their child in a supportive faith community, with the hope that the family may feel at home in the congregation and know they have an extended family as needed.

The Sacrament of Baptism – Infant and Adult 

Baptism (both adult and infant) is one of the two sacraments that are acknowledged in the United Church of Canada. As a sacrament, baptism unites us ecumenically with the other denominational members of the World Council of Churches. For this reason, it is offered with reverence, great care, and exuberant celebration.

Infant baptism is a sacrament that does two things: Firstly, it celebrates the miracle and wonder of a child’s birth. Secondly, it is the way a person of any age joins a congregation and acknowledges the faith responsibilities incumbent both upon the people raising the child as well as the congregation. The people raising the infants are asked for their commitment to raising their child within the congregation in a manner that provides opportunities for him/her to learn and grow in faith. Also, the congregation is asked to renew their commitment to providing opportunities for the child to grow in his/her faith and to be the child’s faith family.

Adult baptism is a sacrament for those who have not been baptized before and who wish to join the congregation. The person to be baptized publicly proclaims their faith by answering particular questions in the affirmative. In addition, the person is encouraged to offer a personal faith testimony. As the congregation is required to provide an ongoing place for spiritual growth and service, they are asked to renew their commitment to being a loving and nurturing spiritual environment for the new member.

Renewal of Baptismal Faith (formerly Confirmation/Being received into full membership)

Renewal of Baptismal Faith is a service that celebrates the work of the Spirit in the lives of those who have experienced an awakening to a deeper understanding of the promises made in their baptism.

This service is for those baptized persons who wish to reaffirm the commitment made previously by their parents or for those at a particular moment in their life who are now making a public profession of faith in order to join a congregation, (for example, transferring membership from other denominations or congregations, in response to a specific life experience, or when returning to active participation in a congregation after a period of little contact or involvement).

In this service, the congregation renews its commitment to provide ongoing opportunities for spiritual growth and service. In addition, the person is encouraged to offer a personal faith testimony. While there is no age requirement for a first public profession of faith, it is not usually offered until the person is able to make an informed decision. Once a person publicly professes their faith, they become a formal member of the congregation.

For more information about these services, please contact Rev. Bethan.

Before conscious thought or action on our part,
          we are born into the brokenness of this world.

Before conscious thought or action on our part,
          we are surrounded by God’s redeeming love.

Baptism by water in the name of the Holy Trinity
          is the means by which we are received, at any age,
          into the covenanted community of the church.
          It is the ritual that signifies our rebirth in faith
          and cleansing by the power of God.

Baptism signifies the nurturing, sustaining,
          and transforming power of God’s love
and our grateful response to that grace.

From A Song of Faith, United Church of Canada.

WEDDINGS

At Pitt Meadows United Church we are honored to be part of the commitment of marriage. The service may take place in our heritage church building that seats 90 or elsewhere. We will strive to make your wedding service a memorable and joyous experience. You do not have to be a member of this or any church in order to be married here. While we offer a variety of styles such as traditional and contemporary, it is important to us that there be a meaningful spiritual aspect to the service.  We celebrate love between consenting adults regardless of gender.

VOW RENEWAL

We would be pleased to help you joyfully celebrate your life together and reaffirm your commitment to one one another in a vow renewal ceremony.  What a perfect way to celebrate your love and honour a special anniversary.  What a romantic, exciting and magical thing to do.  You do not have to be a member of this or any church in order to do this, however, it is important to us that there be a meaningful spiritual aspect to the service. 

CELEBRATIONS OF LIFE OR FUNERALS

The congregation and Minister of Pitt Meadows wish to express our sympathies to you in your time of grief.  We are here to help you and your family with the process of commemorating the life of your loved one.   The funeral or memorial or celebration of life service may be held in the church sanctuary (which seats 90) or another location of your choosing.

Our minister will meet with you to create a sacred experience that honors, celebrates, and remembers the life of your loved one.

Our ‘Little White Church’ on the corner of Harris and Ford in the center of Pitt Meadows, which belongs to the Church Society, and is shared with two Anglican congregations :