When a person is ill, facing surgery or special difficulties, an annointing service focuses God’s grace and support on the individual.
The Church of the Brethren uses believers’ baptism, baptism when people can make a consious decision to become Christians in the Brethren church. We have a baptistry where people are baptised by immersion in a small tank of water. There is usually one baptismal service a year for all who wish to complete this ceremony. A person who is baptised in this fashion automatically becomes a member of our church. Another way to become a member is by affirmation of faith or through transfer from another church.
BLESSING THE CHILDREN:
Instead of baptizing babies and small children, the Church of the Brethren has a special part of a Sunday service welcoming and blessing them into our community.
The Westminster Church of the Brethren celebrates communion four times each year. In January and July, people in the congregation take communion as a regular part of the Sunday church service. Our denomination uses bread and grape juice for its communion. On Maundy Thursday (March or April) and World Wide Communion Sunday (November), our church has a special separate communion service called Love Feast. For Love Feast, we again have communion with bread and grape juice and add a simple meal accompanied by foot or hand washing for each other as Jesus did for the disciples.
FUNERALS AND MEMORIAL SERVICES:
At the Westminster Church of the Brethren, we believe in participating in funeral and memorial services to celebrate the lives of those who have passed on. Family members work with the pastor to arrange the service. If desired, the Deacons provide a funeral meal or light fare buffet at cost for those who attend these services.