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Sacred Ceremonies

A Baptism/Baby Naming Ceremony is a very special way of celebrating the birth of a child or welcoming children of any age into a family.  For parents it offers the opportunity to declare before God, family and friends their promise to be a good parent.  It gives godparents, relatives and friends the occasion to confirm their role and their own special relationship with the child.

A Funeral or Memorial Service honors, recognizes and celebrates the life of the deceased and allows family and friends to say their last good-byes.  For most people after a death has occurred, it is important that family and friends have opportunities to come together to grieve.  Funeral and memorial services are ways for this to happen.  They also allow the wider community to console and support family members and recognize the loss.  How or where people gather is not as important as the fact that they are able to come together.

Reverend Marcia meets with all couples, parents, and families to plan and create ceremonies that are meaningful for the particular occasion, whether it is a Baptism, Marriage Ceremony or Funeral/Memorial Service.

The following ceremonies may be included in any of the wedding ceremonies.

Unity Candle Ceremony:  This symbolic ceremony has the couple light a single candle representing their willingness to walk life’s pathways together as one.  This is included in the Traditional Wedding Ceremony.

Sand Ceremony:   When a wedding takes place on the beach, this ceremony is a lovely alternative to the Unity Candle Ceremony.  The pouring of two different colored sands together is used to symbolize the union of the couple as one and the joining of their individual families and friends.

Rose Ceremony:  During this ceremony the couple presents one another with a red rose bud as their first gift as partners; a red rose bud is the symbol of love and the vows they have made to one another.

Blended Family Ceremony:  This ceremony is appropriate for the couple who have children they wish to include in their marriage ceremony.  Pouring different colored sands together is another way to symbolize the joining of the couple and their individual families together as one blended family.  Children love this ceremony which can be included in all wedding ceremonies.