Our lives of faith are marked by special times where we gather as a community of faith. These are often times of celebration. They mark transitions in life. Sometimes they are even met with tears. As The Heart of Brookside, we love to mark these special occasions with you. Below you will find information about three of those times: baptism, marriage, and death.
At Southminster and in the Presbyterian Church (USA), we baptize people of every age and background, as an acknowledgement not of our choice of God, but of God’s choice of us. From the creation of the universe, we have always been the beloved and chosen children of God. In baptism, we mark that loving and gracious choice.
We believe, “Baptism is the sign and seal of incorporation into Christ. Jesus through his own baptism identified himself with sinners in order to fulfill all righteousness. Jesus in his own baptism was attested Son by the Father and was anointed with the Holy Spirit to undertake the way of the servant manifested in his sufferings, death, and resurrection. Jesus the risen Lord assured his followers of his continuing presence and power and commissioned them “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything that I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always to the end of the age” (Matt. 28:19, NRSV). The disciples were empowered by the outpouring of the Spirit to undertake a life of service and to be an inclusive worshiping community, sharing life in which love, justice, and mercy abounded.”
If you would like to be baptized or would like to have your child baptized, please contact Rev. Tim Blodgett at 918-743-4427 to talk about the details and requirements for baptism.
Southminster’s beautiful sanctuary has been the location of many weddings through the years. It is the ideal wedding venue with it’s long center aisle. The church is also home to a brides parlor, commercial kitchen, dining hall, and gym to meet all wedding and reception needs.
In the Presbyterian Church (USA), we understand that “Marriage is a gift God has given to all humankind for the well-being of the entire human family. Marriage involves a unique commitment between two people, traditionally a man and a woman, to love and support each other for the rest of their lives. The sacrificial love that unites the couple sustains them as faithful and responsible members of the church and the wider community.
In civil law, marriage is a contract that recognizes the rights and obligations of the married couple in society. In the Reformed tradition, marriage is also a covenant in which God has an active part, and which the community of faith publicly witnesses and acknowledges.” (Book of Order W-4.9000)
For more information about weddings at Southminster, costs, and policies, please contact the church office at 918-743-4427.
Southminster is here to serve and mourn with you at the time of your death or the death of a loved one. Memorial Services held in the sanctuary of Southminster Presbyterian Church mourn the loss, celebrate the life, and serve as witnesses to the resurrection of Jesus Christ.
Services can also be held in Tyler Chapel or in our Memorial Garden. Cremains may be interred in Tyler Chapel’s columbariums or ashes spread in our Memorial Garden.
Rev. Tim Blodgett is also available for Graveside Services.
To pre-plan your Memorial Service or to make arrangements for a loved one, please contact the Southminster church office at 918-743-4427.