Baptism, Weddings and Funerals

We believe that the whole of  life is enveloped in Gods love and God’s grace, and this includes those most emotional of times, markers at the beginning, during the journey, and at the end of life.

The Clergy Team believe that is a great privilege to spend time with families at these significant moments, and pledge themselves to the highest levels of care and commitment possible, and to prayer for you and your loved ones as we work together.

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Baptism is a response to God’s love – a desire and a commitment to respond to God’s call to follow the example of Jesus Christ. It is also a celebration, a time to come together with family and friends; remembering that you are loved by God, are part of a wider community and have a place with God’s people.  Anyone who has not been baptised before can be baptised, regardless of age.

In the case of infant or child baptism, Godparents and parents/carers receive preparation and respond to questions about the faith they have, and the faith they promise to share with their child as he/she grows. They make a commitment to raise their child in a particular manner, and to draw on that faith for themselves.

For older children and adults there will be similar preparation, but the questions asked will be answered by the candidate, or by the candidate and parents/Godparents together

Godparents must ordinarily be baptised members of a Christian denomination,  Church of England or another church.

In all 3 churches, baptism may take place during the main Sunday worship or later in the day.  Please do contact the parish office to find out more.

Weddings

wedding ring - CopyIf you are planning your wedding and would like to be married in your local parish church, please do contact us as soon as possible.

You may be married in one of the team churches yourself or your partner live in the parish or have a prior connection to the parish – please do contact the parish office if you think you may have a connection.

If you have been married before and your previous spouse is still living,  you may still be able to marry in church – please contact us and we will arrange to meet with you as soon as possible.

Your Church Wedding is a useful on-line resource from the Church of England to aid in the planing of your church service.

Funerals

If you would like one of the team clergy to lead the funeral of your loved one, please do ask your funeral director to contact us.  We will endeavour to be a  caring, supportive guide through the process of grieving and of saying goodbye.

Our weekly notice sheet mentions by name all those who have recently died. This enables the church community to pray for you, and for your family and friends at this sad and difficult time. One of our Team will visit you to make practical arrangements for the funeral. The service will often include a tribute, a bible reading and perhaps poetry, as well as hymns or other music, prayers and a short address.

imagesEvery year, around the beginning of November, we hold a Service of Remembrance & Thanksgiving, for those who have died in the past year.  Each person is remembered by name and in the lighting of a candle. The service is open to all, but we especially invite those whose loved ones will be remembered by name.