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Updated: 16 June 2017 

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Questions? More . . . . Wedding

Weddings are joyful events celebrated by our minister here at Old Windham, or off site.

 

- We believe that each person is a unique, loved creation of God

- We welcome all people to the full life of Christian community, including marriage.

- We believe God intends loving relationships to be faithful, responsible, just, healing, and sustaining of the couple and those around them, and that such relationships require preparation and nurture.


Old Windham United Church affirms that

all persons who legally may be married

- regardless of race, creed,

socio-economic status,

background or sexual orientation -

will be treated equally in respect to being married.


We welcome you!


Wedding information and scheduling is available through the Church Secretary.


Our minister has prepared some information that may be useful for you in your plans.

 

All wedding ceremonies are subject  to the discretion of the minister.

Baptism / Membership

MEMBERSHIP

  If you wish to Transfer your membership from another congregation, please call the church office to make arrangements. Transfers approved by the Church Council have immediate effect, yet we love to celebrate them in morning worship too.

  If this is your first time to commit to church membership, please speak with the minister.

  The Sacrament of Baptism is celebrated at various times through the church year. Usually, following consultation with the minister, the sacrament is held at a time that best meets the needs of the family.

BAPTISM

  Preparation for child and infant baptism includes a pastoral visit with the parents (sponsors). Preparation for youth and adult baptism includes a period of study and reflection (confirmation class).

  Baptism is a symbolic action that signifies the new life God gives us as we join the church community.

  Baptism uses water as a symbolic cleansing that signifies the acceptance of new life within the church family. The sacrament of baptism is the single rite of initiation into the Christian community, the church.

  The United Church offers baptism to all ages. We believe the gift of God's love doesn't depend on our ability to understand it, so we baptize people as infants right up through adulthood.

  With children, instruction is given to parents or sponsors to equip them for the child's Christian nurture. During the ceremony, everyone in the congregation pledges support for the child and his or her parents.

  Baptism is not a requirement for God's love. We believe people who die without baptism are in no way condemned, lost, or damned.

  Baptism in the United Church is recognized by all denominations of the Christian church that practise infant baptism. Similarly, if people have already been baptized in another church, the United Church recognizes their baptism and welcomes them as Christians.

Funeral / Celebration of Life

The death of a loved one is never easy to face. You are not alone.


Our pastoral staff is available to be at your side with compassionate planning and prayer.


Please be in touch with your Pastor as soon as you are able when death is imminent, or has taken place, and you wish his services, and also those of the church.

Funeral Luncheon Communion

Funeral Luncheon Information (2015/08)


  The Old Windham United Church Funeral Committee  is an outreach service open to serving luncheons to non-church members.  We encourage and gratefully accept donations towards the work of Old Windham United Church.  Prices here are per person. Payment is required the day of the event.  We will prepare quantities for 50, 75, 100, 150, or 200 persons. Our maximum capacity for luncheons is 200. Our church capacity is 350.  Please contact the Committee Co-coordinator directly to arrange the luncheon that best serves your need. Georgette Atkins (519-426-5523) or the Church Secretary, Cindy Smith (519-426-0869)


…. Menu …..

“Tea” - $6

Tea breads

Fresh fruit tray

Cheese and cracker tray

Tea and coffee

Punch or juice


Basic Luncheon - $8

Filled sandwiches

(Minced Ham, Egg Salad, Phyllis’ Tuna, Salmon)

Vegetable tray with dip

Pickles

Cookies, squares, tea breads

Tea and coffee

Punch or juice


Additional $2

Fresh fruit tray

Cheese and cracker tray

The Lord Jesus Christ invites you to join him at the Old Windham United Church Table in Remembrance of Him and in Celebration of His Way.

The Lord’s Supper, Eucharist, Holy Communion—these different terms refer to the same sacrament shared by most Christian denominations, a symbolic meal.

Communion is celebrated at a table that suggests the dining table in our homes. At the communion table, we acknowledge that Jesus Christ is the host and all are guests. The meal uses the symbols of small pieces of bread and a taste of wine or juice to remind us of Jesus’ last supper with his followers and of God’s enduring love.

Our service of Communion may be:

1. by the elements being passed along each pew, with Communicants taking the bread and the cup from trays, or

2. By “Intinction.” This service invites communicants to walk down the centre aisle to receive a piece of bread and then dip it (colouring or tinting it) in the chalice. This personal and meditative moment is taken in turn, and people them make their way back to their seat by way of the outside aisles.

We invite all who seek to love Jesus and follow His Way

to share in this community meal.

CONTINUING THE WORK OF JESUS . . . .


STRIVING TO BE A HEALTHY

CHRIST CENTRED COMMUNITY

RESPONDING TO THE NEEDS OF OTHERS

Rental

ROOM RENTAL

1. Parlour / Chapel: $40.00

2. Parlour with use of kitchenette: $50.00

3. Gymnasium: $10 / Hour

4. Church Hall: $100

If the kitchen is used for coffee making only there is an extra $25 fee

KITCHEN RENTAL

The cost of renting the kitchen for meal preparation will be $100 (does not include the use of dishes or the dishwasher)

If a church member is renting the kitchen for a family celebration (birthday, anniversary, etc.) the dishes will be available.

If a church member is renting the kitchen for a non-church activity or a fundraiser (the rental rules of no dishes, no dishwasher will apply)

If a outside rental wishes to make an arrangement with a qualified“dishwasher operator” the charge will be $25

If you are renting our facility, please bring in the room rental fee prior to your event. Office hours are Tuesday to Friday mornings 9 am – 1 pm. Please make cheque payable to Old Windham United Church. Please arrange to pick up a key for the church hall prior to your event.