Baptisms & Weddings

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.

It is a great privilege to spend time with families at these significant moments, we commit ourselves to the highest levels of care possible, and to pray for you and your loved ones as we work together.

BAPTISM (Christenings)

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.

Please do contact us if you would like to discuss baptism for yourself or a child in your care.

WEDDINGS

If 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 parish churches if yourself or your partner live in the parishes or have a prior connection to the parish – please do contact us 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.

Equal Marriage in the church of England

At the moment it is not permissible to marry same sex couples within the Church of England, and the national Church contains within it a broad range of views, interpretations and opinions. Our clergy are deeply saddened that they cannot share this special moment in your relationship in the way they can for others. If you are being married elsewhere and would like prayers leading up to your marriage and following your service, please do contact us – we would be delighted to meet with you and support you.

To find out more about Equal: the campaign for marriage equality in the Church of England please see here