1.01. Weddings, Christenings and Funerals

Weddings, Christenings  and Funerals.

The Church is here for you at these momentous times in your life – the excitement of a marriage, the joy of a new birth, the sadness of a death.

A Christian service, with friends and neighbours around you, is an important way of marking these changes in your life, and the life of your family.

If you are thinking about a Wedding or a Christening, please contact the Rector, The Revd Lionel Stock               01730 829  226, revlstock@hotmail.com, but you may like to know:

Weddings

We are delighted for you to get married in one of our churches.  If either the bride or groom live, or used to live, in the parish, then there is usually no problem – you don’t have to have been baptised.  But if not, please contact the Rector to check whether you have an alternative “Qualifying Connection.”

A Wedding in church doesn’t have to be a grand affair.  It can be if you want it to be, but it can be simple too, and there is a lot of flexibility in the choice of music and readings.

If you are not sure that a Church Wedding is right for you, but you would still like to have your relationship blessed by God, please contact the Rector.

A brief Service of Thanksgiving, marking a major wedding anniversary is also available.

Christenings / Baptisms

For many parents, bringing their children to church for a Baptism (also called a Christening) is just part of what you do.  If you would like to have your child baptised then we are happy to do that in one of our Sunday services.  The child is named, blessed and made a member of the family of the Church.  Parents and God-parents will make promises on the child’s behalf, that he or she will be brought up as a Christian. 

Baptism isn’t just for children.  Adults who haven’t been baptised, but who would like to be brought into the family of the church, are welcome to be baptised too, and sometimes are at the same time as their children.

Some parents aren’t sure that they are able, in good faith, to make those promises on behalf of the child, or think that it should be the child’s choice later on.  If that might be you, then an alternative is “A Service of Blessing and Thanksgiving”, where the family give thanks for the new life, and the child is blessed, named and prayed for, but without making the baptismal promises.

Funerals

Generally the undertaker you instruct will contact the Rector to make initial arrangements.  The Rector will then be in touch with the family to agree a time to visit you to learn more about the loved one, and to go through the funeral service.  You don’t have to have been a member of the church to have a church funeral, and there are alternatives to a church service followed by burial, including a full service led, by the Rector, at the crematorium.