Special Services

Baptism

We welcome enquiries for baptism from those who live in the parishes or those who are regular worshippers at our churches. Sometimes people use the word ‘christening’ to refer to baptism. In fact, we’re talking about the same service and both names imply initiation into the Christian faith.

Whether you are seeking a baptism for your child, or you want to be baptised yourself, you will be making promises before God and the church family about your belief in God and how you want to follow the example and teachings of Jesus. These are important promises and to help prepare for a baptism we will invite you to a baptism preparation meeting. This will give us a chance to explain what happens during the service and why, and for you to explore the Christian faith more deeply and ask any questions you may have.

When a child is baptised they normally have two or three Godparents whose job it is to pray for your child and to help you as parents to support your child as they grow in faith.

For those that don’t wish to undertake the solemn promises of Baptism, then there are options to have an infant blessing and thanksgiving. Please get in touch so we can discuss this.

Weddings

Our Churches offer not only a beautiful and traditional setting for your wedding but the context to bring God into the start of your marriage. If you live within the parishes, or live outside the parish but worship there regularly, you can be married at in the church. If you live outside the parish, there may be qualifying connections that will allow us to hold your wedding there. These include previous connections, regular worship in the past or family connections. In all cases these should be discussed with the Vicar.

Prior to the ceremony the Vicar will meet with each couple to prepare for the marriage ahead. Normally this will involve three or four meetings and these will address topics to help understand the meaning of marriage. As well as going through the practical arrangements such as music, flowers, readings and hymns we’ll also explore what a Christian understanding of marriage is and how this can be lived out to the full. Some of these sessions will be just for you with a member of the clergy so we can focus on your particular arrangements but a few months before you marry, we’ll also invite you to wedding preparation alongside some other couples getting married at a similar time. A couple of days before the big day we’ll also have a rehearsal in church so we can have a practice walking up the aisle and saying the vows to alleviate some of those nerves!

We always enjoy weddings and we’d love to explore this with you if you’re thinking about getting married. Please get in touch with us first before booking a reception venue or making any of the other plans, so that we can make sure that the date and time you want is available. We can offer weddings on any day of the week, except Sundays, and we can discuss the best time for the service to suit you and to fit in with the other plans you have for the day.

Funerals

We recognise that the death of a loved one can be very difficult for those left behind. We work closely with the family and the funeral directors to make this process as easy as possible for you.

The funeral directors are able to provide advice on many of the practical aspects of the service, including the costs involved. If the person who has died lived in the parish or had a special connection with the local church, the funeral directors will then contact us on your behalf, to arrange for one of the clergy here to take the service. This might be a service in church and / or at the crematorium, or could include a burial in the churchyard for residents.

There is no need to contact us directly in most cases, as this will be done by the funeral directors, but if you do have specific questions then do get in touch directly with us. Either way, we will then meet you to discuss the service – the music, readings and prayers that you would like. Just as each person is unique, so we try and reflect their particular personality and interests in the choices surrounding the service and will be happy to give you advice and assistance with this.

We also understand that the bereavement process does not stop after the funeral. If you would like to discuss your feelings with someone, please do let us know and we will be pleased to offer counselling and support. Do get in touch if we can help with these matters.