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Ministry of Spiritual Nurture

The Ministry of Spiritual Nurture oversees Sunday worship and special services, including baptisms, weddings, funerals, and memorial services.

Baptisms
Weddings

Funerals and Memorial Services

Baptisms

The general policies of the United Church of Canada and the Wilson Heights congregation services of baptism, transfer of membership, or affirmation of faith can be discussed with the Minister by appointment.

To make an appointment, please contact our staff.  We are delighted to share with you in this time of celebration.  May the steps on your journey deepen your faith.

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Weddings

At Wilson Heights, we believe that one of the important roles of the church in the community is to ‘hold public space.’  Therefore, we are open to conducting marriage ceremonies which are either religious, to a greater or lesser extent, or secular.  It is important to us that the service be authentic and appropriate for the couple and their witnesses and guests

It is the theology and practice of Wilson Heights United Church to offer marriage ceremonies to couples regardless of gender.

Planning your wedding

First, secure the date for your wedding by booking it with our church office administrator and making a deposit of $50.  At the same time, you can set up an appointment with the Minister.

Normally we would prefer that the wedding be held in the church Sanctuary.  However, if for some reason you prefer to be married elsewhere, you can discuss this when you meet with our Minister.  The Minister and the Worship Committee of Wilson Heights United Church must approve alternate venues.

Our Minister normally officiates wedding ceremonies held at Wilson Heights.  If for some reason this is not possible, the Worship Committee will arrange for another ministry person to lead the service.

If you are considering inviting another Minister to conduct or participate in your service, please let our Minister know.  The Worship Committee and our Minister must approve guest celebrants.

Preparing for marriage

As a matter of policy, couples planning to marry must obtain a marriage licence issued by the province of British Columbia, as well as participate in some marriage preparation prior to the wedding.  We feel it is part of our responsibility to you, to ensure that you are as informed as possible when making your marriage vows.

Normally, the preparation will take place in a session or a number of meetings with the Minister.  At the initial meeting, you’ll cover questions about music, translation, photography, and logistics.  Preparation meetings are included in the wedding fee.

Wedding ceremony fees

The regular fee for a wedding ceremony is $600, to be paid in full by the rehearsal date.

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Funerals and Memorial Services

The ministry of the United Church of Canada, through the Wilson Heights United Church congregation, is with you in your time of grief.

Our primary concern is that you, your family, and your friends receive the support they need, and that our congregation honours and remembers the person who has died.

We hope that the following information will address some of the more practical questions you might have.  Please also feel free to contact our Minister, the Reverend Blake Field, directly or through the church office.

May God’s peace be with you at this time.

About the worship service

The worship service may be held in the Sanctuary, which accommodates up to 250 people.  Our Minister will plan all aspects of the service with you, including the music.

The Memorial Fund

The Memorial Fund is used for special projects in relation to the Wilson Heights United Church building and/or the ministry of the church.

If family and friends wish to make a memorial gift, a memorial book in the church Narthex (lobby) displays the name of the individual being remembered, along with the names of contributors.

Each year on All Saints Sunday, the worship service includes recognition of gifts to the Memorial Fund.

Funeral and memorial service fees

The regular fee for a funeral or memorial service is $600.

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