Rites of Passage
Weddings, funerals, baptisms, etc
All marriage services are different and have different needs. Each service is tailor-made to suit the couple involved. There are no set service books that are dusted down off the shelf and the couples' names inserted. We will work with the couple to create the kind of service they want. Elements from other religions are welcome, as are writings that the couple may find themselves or have even written themselves. Unitarians recognise that marriages often fail to survive. No blame is attached and divorced couples are welcome to celebrate their marriage ceremony in our chapel. We are also VERY PROUD to announce that as from 29th March 2014 we WILL be able to perform same sex marriages
As with weddings there is no set service. What is different about a Unitarian funeral is the degree to which the ceremony is a Celebration of a Life. There are no repeated statements about the meaning of death, but lots of talk about the meaning of life, especially of the life of the departed.
Baptismal services do not seek a child's salvation but dedicate the parents to their task to raise the child to have virtues and principles by which to live. Ancient symbols may be used but they will reflect modern ideas and beliefs. Sometimes parents ask for a ceremony that is not a baptism but a Naming Service of a Blessing of a Child. This is quite acceptable and can be arranged with the Chapel.
There are other ceremonies that can be arranged such as a Blessing of a Civil Partnership, a Coming of Age Celebration, or indeed, the celebration of any landmark that an individual or couple may wish to acknowledge in a spiritual context.
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