Weddings, Baptisms, Funerals

WEDDINGS

Liberty welcomes you in planning your wedding here. We invite couples seeking a Christian ceremony, both members and non-members, to have their ceremony in the beauty of our buildings. The marriage ceremony in this church is an act of Christian worship, a service in which man and woman receive from God the gift of marriage.

By coming to the church for your wedding, you are affirming that you want this joyful and sacred ceremony, and your life together will be lived in the presence of God.

Questions and Registration
To register for Liberty Marriage Classes or for general wedding questions, please email Liberty’s Wedding Coordinator, Tanja Davis here.

GUEST PASTOR INFORMATION

A pastor associated with Liberty Presbyterian Church will officiate at all weddings.

If the wedding couple desires, a properly-ordained home pastor (not Internet-ordained or unknown denomination) may assist our pastor. Although we are pleased to include another pastor in our wedding service, the Liberty pastor is in charge of the service order and content, including the marriage vows.

Guest clergy may assist in the ceremony, but they may not lead or shape the form or theology of the service.

The bride and groom must discuss such proposed participation with the officiating Liberty pastor prior to an invitation to the guest pastor being extended, and provide all contact information for a guest clergy eight (8) weeks prior to the service.

THE SACRAMENT OF BAPTISM

For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus. ~ Galatians 3: 28

The Meaning of the Sacrament of Baptism

(The Book of Order, Presbyterian Church U.S.A.)

Baptism is a visible sign of God’s love.
Baptism signifies:

    • the faithfulness of God
    • the washing away of sin
    • rebirth
    • adoption into the covenant family of the church
    • and resurrection and new life in Christ.
Requirements for the Sacrament of Baptism

For both children and adults, the sacrament is celebrated as part of Sunday worship on the second, fourth, and fifth Sundays of the month, except for holidays.

For Infant/Child Baptism: The commitment of baptism is a commitment to raise your child in a church family.

  1. Ordinarily one parent will be a member of Liberty. All requests for baptism must be approved by the Session.
  2. The parents must attend a baptismal counseling meeting at the church with the Pastor. Baptismal counseling will be set up with a Pastor once the Baptism Request is approved.
  3. In the Presbyterian Church, the congregation as a whole assumes responsibility for nurturing the baptized person in the Christian life. In addition, sponsors may be chosen by the parents. Sponsors should be active members of a Christian church, and must be approved by Session.
  4. In presenting your child for baptism, you announce your own faith in Jesus Christ, and your desire to raise your child to follow Christ. Please read the following baptismal vows carefully:
    • Do you reaffirm your own faith in Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior?
    • Do you promise, in reliance upon God’s grace, to set before your child and example of the new life in Christ?
    • Do you promise to pray with and for you child, and to bring him/her up in the knowledge of the love of God?

For Adult Baptism: Individual counseling in the sacrament is offered to any teenagers or adults seeking baptism.
Please contact Jan Hasting for more information.

FUNERALS

Jesus said, “I am the resurrection and the life…whoever believes in me will never die.” ~ John 11:25

His loved ones are very precious to Him…. ~ Psalm 116:15

And when I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to Myself, that where I am, you may be also. ~ John 14:3

A funeral at Liberty Presbyterian Church is worship of the living God. The funeral is God’s way of bringing comfort to the hearts of those who mourn as Scripture is read and preached, prayer is offered, praises are sung, grief is expressed, remembrance is cherished, and faith affirmed. The presence of family and friends around at this time supports and strengthens those who grieve. The funeral gives thanks for the life of the one who has passed away and thanks to the God who holds our beloved in His everlasting arms.

Pathway to the Son Memorial Garden

Created in order to provide a tranquil space for prayer, meditation, remembrance, and spending time with God in nature. It features a limestone path running through flower beds and light woods, toward a small fountain and reflecting pond. Families and friends of Liberty Church are welcome to have their ashes or the ashes of their loved ones interred beneath the rustic stones that pave the memorial pathway. The person’s name and year of birth and death can be engraved on the stone, and a small service can be conducted at the time of interment, either in conjunction with a memorial service or at a time more convenient for family and friends.

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By interring ashes of loved ones at the Pathway to the Son, families are provided a space that is both naturally beautiful and appropriately suited for remembering deceased loved ones. Stones may also be purchased to memorialize a loved one without interring ashes. Unfortunately, no engraving is permanent on these outside stones. Whether interring ashes, memorializing on a stone, or simply walking the path, Liberty members and friends are provided opportunity to experience the blessing of God’s good creation.

The purchase of a memorial stone in the Pathway to the Son entitles the licensee to perpetual use. Liberty Presbyterian retains property rights and assumes the responsibility of perpetual care of the Pathway and the surrounding garden. In order to purchase a memorial stone, you must complete and provide to the Church an Agreement for the Purchase of a Memorial Stone and a Demographic Record. You will also need to sign and return a copy of the Rules and Regulations Governing the Pathway to the Son. Along with the forms, please include a check in the amount of $2,200 made payable to Liberty Presbyterian Church. The check will be held until all forms have been approved in writing by the church’s Pathway to the Son committee.

If you would like to request Pathway to the Son forms or if you have any questions, contact Liberty’s Finance Administrator or call 740-548-6075.