Weddings, Baptisms, Holy Communion and Funerals
We thank you and we are pleased that you are considering Westview Heights United Methodist Church for your wedding. Our church considers the wedding ceremony to be a deeply spiritual and sacred experience. The wedding ceremony is a religious service which celebrates God's gift of marriage; God's gracious gift of love between the bride and groom; and the marriage covenant entered into before God by the bride and groom. This service is one of the most sacred moments two people can experience in a life. It is a time when two persons invoke God's blessings upon the making of their marriage covenant.
Pre-marriage counseling is required. Please contact our pastor, Rev. Jabe Fincher at (334) 774-8547 to discuss thee details of your wedding.
Baptism is grounded in the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ, It involves dying to sin, newness of life, union with Christ, receiving thee Holy Spirit, and incorporation into Christ's Church.
At Westview Heights United Methodist Church, we baptize infants and children under 12 when their parents are willing to make a confession of faith on the child's behalf. At age 12 years of age, a child may take a Confirmation class. For those over the age of 12 years seeking baptism, a meeting with the pastor is arranged and the vows and process of baptism is discussed. Church membership is not a requirement of baptism.
Baptisms are always done in one of our public Sunday worship services. We usually baptize with the pastor's hand dipped in a font of water and then placed upon the initiate's head. Upon request, a baptism may be poured or by immersion. In our church we consider all forms of baptism valid. We do re-baptize people either because we believe that god got it right the first time. To schedule a baptism or baptismal appointment with our pastor please call the church office at (334) 774-8547.
Please contact the pastor or the church office at (334) 774-8547
The Supper of the Lord (Holy Communion) is not only a sign of the love that Christians ought to have among themselves one to another, but rather is a sacrament of our redemption by Christ's death; insomuch that, to such as rightly, worthily, and with faith receive the same, the bread which we break is a partaking of the body of Christ; and likewise the cup of blessing is a partaking of the blood of Christ.
The body of Christ is given, taken, and eaten in the Supper, only in heavenly and spiritual manner. It is the means whereby the body of Christ is received and eaten in the Supper and is by faith.
Eating together is a basic and special an experience as we Cn have in life. From an early age we are shaped in eating meals with others. There is a distinctive sense of bonding between those who share a meal. Holy Communion is about discovering and being shaped in our relationship with God and with others who seek and know the God that Jesus knew.
When United Methodists share the Holy Communion they are doing what almost all Christians do; celebrating a relationship with the risen Lord, Jesus Christ, by taking seriously his own words on the night before hr died -"Take, eat; this is my body which is given for you. Drink from this, all of you; this is my blood poured out for you and for many for the forgiveness of sins." If there words are new to you it may sound like cannibalism or some very weird use of symbols and a bit strange. We actually use bread and grape juice.
With other Christians, United Methodists believe that Communion is a sharing in the life of God and a meeting with the living Jesus forgives and claims us as his own disciples.
The practice of sharing holy meal has different names among Christians: Lord's Supper, Communion, Holy Communion, Eucharist, and sometimes the Holy Meal. These different names for for the sacrament point to different approaches to the Lord's supper in our churches. Here are some of thee ways the meal is shared.
The people make their way to the front of the church and knell to receive the elements from servers who include the pastor of the church.
Another method, called Intinction, the people move to the front and pass by stations of servers who give the bread to each communicants to dip in the cup held by another server. There is continuous serving until all who partake have come.
In some congregations the elements are passed out to the people while they are seated in the pews.
Some churches emphasize the deeply personal and devotional feeling of the Holy Communion with quiet music and time to kneel in prayer. Some congregations emphasize the rich communal sense of the meal with shared singing of songs and warm human interactions the Eucharist is served.
The table of Holy Communion is Christ's table, not the table of The United Methodist Church or the local congregation. It is not a meal in the clubhouse for members only! It is open to everyone regardless of age or church membership.
If you choose not to partake, you may simply remain in your seat and observe while others go forward.