A wedding is an occasion for commitment and joy. The Christian church is involved in marriage because we believe that the commitment of marriage and the love and trust learned in the family relationship is of critical importance in our development as mature individuals. At the heart of Christian marriage lies a life-long commitment and promise made in the presence of God and in the light of Christian understanding of love.
We have held weddings at our church for over 200 years. In the 1830’s the province agreed to register our weddings as legal marriages, and we welcome couples of varied backgrounds. People of the same or different faiths, people married before or never married, women marrying men or same sex couples: all are welcome.
We do charge fees for weddings. Please speak to our church administrator for details.
We do require that you come to meet with the minister at least twice to plan the ceremony. We require that you consult with our music director about any music on site. We require your marriage license and full payment of fees to Thornhill United Church, no later than five (5) working days before the wedding. We recommend marriage preparation programs, to which you will be referred.
Baptism is a sacrament of belonging. It is the single rite of initiation into the Christian community, local and global. It uses water as a symbolic cleansing that signifies the acceptance of new life that God gives us as we join.
We believe that the gift of God’s love doesn’t depend on our ability to understand it, so we baptize people of all ages, from infants up through adulthood.
Baptism is not a requirement for God's love. We believe people who die without baptism are in no way condemned or lost.
We believe that baptism should be celebrated as part of a service of public worship. During the ceremony, vows of intent to support the Christian nurture of those baptized are made, and everyone in the congregation pledges support for parents who promise to help their child/children grow in their own faith.
Whatever the age of the one baptized, you’ll affirm you want to belong and learn to take an active part in the life of the local community of faith where you have decided to hold the baptism.
With children, instruction is given to parents and sponsors to equip them for the child's Christian nurture.
Baptism in the United Church is recognized by all denominations of the Christian church that practise infant baptism. Similarly, if people have already been baptized in another church, the United Church recognizes their baptism and welcomes them as Christians.
We all share in the gift of life God gives. From our first breath to our last, God sustains us and lets us enjoy life with its joys and sorrows, hopes and dreams, and timeless memories. We may measure lives by years, but there are sacred transitions along the way.
For over 200 years, our church has been a community of faith in the village of Thornhill, offering a safe place to grow, learn, serve and care with others.
Anyone may ask for a funeral here
Our ministers conduct Christian funerals and celebrations of life, according to family wishes, but people of different religions, or of none, may call upon us to celebrate a life, and to mourn a death. After meeting with you to understand your situation, the minister may suggest suitable alternative rituals and locations. The minister may come to a funeral home, gravesite or memorial gathering at places significant to the person who has died or their loved ones.
You can ask for pastoral conversation
Our ministers are available to meet with you and family members when grieving loss of a loved one, and also other times when you need a confidential matter to be discussed. If necessary, we would direct you to appropriate counseling for further assistance. Please let us know if you need pastoral visits to hospitals or palliative care or long term care homes.