Every Baptism, Wedding or Funeral within Chiltonville Congregational Church is a ‘Service of Christian Worship’ which is not only a celebration of these events but, most importantly, a Service of Worship to Christ. All of these special Services must honor Christ and the Worship practices of Chiltonville Congregational Church.
Baptism is the Sacrament celebrating the entry of an infant, child or adult into the church’s life and care, and the Sacrament of Baptism takes place during a regular Sunday morning Service of Worship.
In the case of the Baptism of infants and children, the parents and the church, as a body, make promises to God to nurture that child in the knowledge and love of Christ. The parents also promise to seek the help of the church in raising their child as a Christian, and the church promises to come alongside the parents in this sacred task. For these promises to be carried out, both the parents and the church need to have the opportunity to fulfill them, which means that the parents and the child intend to remain a part of the life of the church
Weddings and Funerals are special Rites of passage in the lives of Church members and their families. Weddings and Funerals within Chiltonville Congregational Church may be celebrated for church members, church members’ families and for ‘friends’ of the church who Worship with the church but who have not joined in membership. Any exceptions, and any inclusion of ‘visiting clergy’ whom the family would like to participate, will be at the discretion of the Minister of Chiltonville Congregational Church.
In the Congregational Way, the Sacrament of Baptism and the Rites of Weddings and Funerals flow from the life of the church community. As a unique and complete Body of Christ, Chiltonville Congregational Church celebrates this Sacrament and these Rites as a community, and holds Services of Worship to mark these occasions corporately. Therefore, any Baptism, Wedding or Funeral Service held in Chiltonville Congregational Church is a public Service of Worship.
When a need arises for a Baptism, Wedding or Funeral Service, please contact the church at 508-746-2823.