Click here to find out more about Baptisms and the next steps.
We are delighted that you are thinking about baptism which is sometimes called a Christening. Baptisms take place in our normal Sunday morning services, but can be carried out by arrangement at other times if there is a pastoral reason for doing so.
If you are thinking about baptism, either for yourself or your child, and would like to speak to one of the ministers please come along to a services in the church you would like the baptism to take place and make yourself known to whoever is leading the service.
If one of the Clergy are not present please call one of us to make an appointment and we will happily arrange to meet with you.
What is Baptism?
Baptism is the act by which a person is joined to the Christian family (the Church), once they have openly declared their trust in Jesus Christ and their desire to follow him. Baptism involves:
- Both a personal commitment to follow Jesus Christ.
- And a commitment to be involved in the life, fellowship and worship of the local Church.
What about the children?
If your child is not yet old enough for a personal commitment to follow Jesus Christ, the Church will still accept him/her for baptism on the understanding that he/she receives a Christian upbringing within the family of the Church.
This means that as your child grows up, he/she will be taught to:
- Read and understand the Bible
- Practice the Christian faith
The Church of England have some resources you may find helpful, click here to access them.
Click here to find out more about Weddings and the next steps.
I Would Like to Get Married
Congratulations, we would be delighted if you would like to get married in one of our churches.
To get married in a parish church you must have a qualifying connection.
They are as follows:
One of you (either the Bride or Groom):
- Lives in the parish
- Is on the church's electoral roll
- Has at any time lived in the parish for a period of at least 6 months
- Was baptised in the parish
- Was prepared for confirmation in the parish
One of the Bride or Groom's parents; at any time after the applicants were born:
- Has lived in the parish for a period of at least 6 months
One of the Bride or Groom's parents or grandparents:
- Were married in the parish
How Do I Book the Church?
Bookings for weddings are made by telephoning one of the Clergy, an appointment will be arranged whereby the couple will be asked to complete some forms.
Proof of nationality and proof of residence will be required, a passport, birth certificate, a utility bill or bank statement with your name and address on will be acceptable, you will need to bring them along with you to that first meeting.
The church of England have some resources you may find helpful, click here to access them.
Click here to find out more about Funerals and the next steps.
If a loved one has died, firstly our sincere condolences.
At this challenging time it can be very difficult to know what to do next, the first decision you need to make is what Undertakers you would like to use. If you would like to have a Christian minister take the funeral service they will then liaise with one of the Clergy in the team who will contact you for a meeting to discuss what you would like the funeral service to look like. We, and they are there to support you every step of the way.
We are happy to conduct services in our church buildings, in a churchyard, around a graveside or at the Crematorium, the content of which will be discussed with you when we meet. Whatever you choose will reflect the unique life of the person you knew, and whatever will help to make the funeral special, music, poetry, readings, hymns, tributes can be part of a Church of England funeral, talk to the minister and the undertakers who will do all they can to support you in your decisions.
If you are feeling overwhelmed and would like further support, see below contact details for local support groups,
Cruse Bereavement Support click here
Abacus Counselling and Support click here
Olive Tree Centre Counselling click here
The Church of England have many resources that may be of some help to you as you begin that journey of arranging a funeral, click here to access those resources.