As part of our service to the local community, we are happy to welcome families in both happy and sad moments for Christian services of baptism, weddings and funerals.
When Jesus was baptised in the River Jordan, he became aware of God as his Father and felt the special presence and power of the Holy Spirit. To be baptised in water is a sign of making a new beginning, a new life in Christ and marks the beginning of the child's/adult's journey of faith. The central symbol of water is also a sign of the promised gift of new life in the Holy Spirit.
The Methodist Church, like most denominations of the Christian Church, administers the sacrament to both adults, children and infants. Since Baptism is the entry into the community of faith it involves the support and encouragement of our members of the community. For this reason, Baptisms are usually part of the regular morning service at the church.
If you are thinking about baptism for yourself or a child, please contact the minister, Rev Jackie Case. Her phone number is 01344 411417. She will be happy to discuss this with you.
We are delighted when people wish to get married at Bracknell Methodist Church, and we will do everything that we can to make your day as special as possible. In getting married in church, or in having a service of blessing following a civil marriage, you are not only coming to the traditional place of weddings, but you are also saying that you wish God to be involved in some way in your married life together.
If you are interested in the possibility of a marriage service at this church, you should contact Jackie initially. Jackie will need to be satisfied that the service will be in accordance with the policies of the Methodist Church on marriage: you may like to know that the Church does allow the marriage of those previously married. Please do not make any other arrangements (with hotels etc.) until you have agreed a date and time with her.
The funeral service is a chance for people to celebrate the life of the person, share memories, also it is an opportunity to say goodbye. For Christians, this also involves commending the person who has died into God's love and care. It's the formal way of 'handing the person back' into the arms of the God who created them.
Normally the practical arrangements for the funeral will, of course, be taken care of by the Funeral Director you have chosen, who will work with the minister. The minister will always visit family members as soon as he is informed of a death, and will meet in their home to talk things through and discuss the funeral service. She is also very willing at any time to visit the sick and the dying in hospital, and to be present with the family at any point along the journey prior to, during, or after the funeral service. If you wish to contact Jackie directly, you are of course free to do so.