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PASTORAL SERVICES

We provide the following Pastoral Services for Life Transitions for Infants, Children and Adults:

Welcome and Blessing
Thanksgiving for New Life
Naming Ceremonies

Baptism (held during Sunday Worship)
Re-affirmation of Baptism (Confirmation)
Starting/Ending School
Graduation Celebrations
Leaving Home


We provide the following Pastoral Services for Couples and Families:
Welcome
Thanksgiving for Family
Blessing of Commitment
Betrothal (celebrating Engagement)

Blessing of a New Home
Prepare-Enrich (Relationship and Marriage Preparation)
Weddings and Marriage Celebrations
Public Affirmation of Marriage (for those married elsewhere)
Renewal of vows
Family Unions (where new families are formed through blended relationships)
Grandparent Days
Mothers’ and Fathers’ Day


We provide the following Pastoral Services for People experiencing Loss and Grief:

Following Relationship Endings
Farewells & Closures
Services of Companionship for those facing Terminal or Chronic Illness
Prayers for Healing and Wholeness
Funerals
Memorial Services

Anniversary of Loss
Internment of Ashes
All Saints’ (Acknowledging those we have lost)

Blue Christmas (for people facing Christmas following loss)

ANZAC & Remembrance Days


We provide the following Seasonal Services (in addition to Sundays):

Ash Wednesday (February waiting for Easter)
Palm Sunday, Maundy Thursday and Good Friday (the week before Easter)
Creation Festival (in Spring)
Advent (the 4 weeks before Christmas)
Christmas Eve
Christmas Day



WHAT ARE SERVICES LIKE?

Generally, Pastoral Services follow a threefold pattern, reflecting the Christian understanding of God: Creator (Father), Redeemer (Jesus Christ) and Sustainer (Holy Spirit)…

1. CREATING COMMUNITY with GOD

(Gathering people together)


2. ENCOUNTER of HUMAN and DIVINE

(Thinking about what God does for us and how we respond to God)

3. EMPOWERED by GOD’s SPIRIT

(Moving forward into our lives)


The liturgy (Order of Service) is prepared by a Minister or Celebrant in consultation with those participating. Some Services require some set forms and words, others are more flexible. Generally, an Elder, Steward or Carer from the Congregation will also assist in the Service.


Some things to think about include:

- venue (in the Church or a Park or at Home, etc)

- music (to be sung or played)

- involvement of friends, relatives, support people

- special items of symbolic significance

- bible reading, poetry, other readings

- vows, promises, public statements or tributes

- flowers (the church can provide silk arrangements, if desired)



INCLUSIVE WORSHIP

The Uniting Church in Australia welcomes the use of creative liturgies (words, songs and actions) in Services, so it is possible to tailor Pastoral Services to suit particular people and circumstances.


The Uniting Church is Australia is committed to ecumenical (inter-church) and inter-faith relationships. As Christians who are clear about our own faith, we welcome opportunities to work with people of a wide variety of backgrounds and beliefs.


Please feel free to discuss your ideas, hopes or concerns with the Minister or Celebrant.



I AM INTERESTED IN A PASTORAL SERVICE, WHAT HAPPENS NEXT?

If you are interested in exploring the possibility of any of the above services, please contact the Church Office. (Please indicate if there are particularly good times for you to be contacted.)


The Minister will contact you to arrange a face-to-face meeting. This can take place at the Church, in your home or in a coffee shop.


If you decide to go ahead with a Service, you will be assigned a ‘Carer’ from the Congregation who will act as a support person (answer questions, etc) and be involved in the Service on the day.



OUR MINISTER AND CELEBRANTS



Several members of the Hamilton-Broadmeadow Congregations are also trained and equipped for the leading of services. In addition to trained lay leaders, some retired Ministers and Pastors call Hamilton-Broadmeadow ‘home’, so there several people on hand to be able to talk with you about possibilities.



COSTS

For members of the Hamilton-Broadmeadow Congregations, Pastoral Services are available as part of being in the community of faith. Most members contribute regularly (tithing) to the costs of keeping the church running and providing our services to the wider community.


The Hamilton-Broadmeadow Congregations are happy to offer these Services to the wider community. Generally, people make donations to the Congregation for its ongoing work. A schedule of suggested donations is available for Weddings and Funerals. The community foregoes fees for people in need or facing hardship.

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