Marking life's milestones

We want to help you celebrate the joyful events in your life, and to provide support for you in the inevitable times of sadness.

Baptism

The parish team operates an open baptism (christening) policy and welcomes requests from all who live within the parish boundary. Children and adults may be baptised at any age. We also offer a special service of thanksgiving for the birth of a child.

We therefore gladly baptise parishioners and their children who may not be church attenders. We do need to spend some time to make sure that the deep significance of Baptism is understood, but you or your child will never be turned away! To discuss it, please contact the Rector (for the Anglican churches) or the respective Ministers for the United Reformed and Methodist Churches – contact details on the Key People page.

Marriage

With regard to weddings, we are also delighted to marry couples who may not be regular Church attenders (provided one of them has connections with the parish). As with christenings, we ask that you spend some time to understand the full meaning of Christian marriage.

A previous marriage by one or both partners is not something we see as an ultimate obstacle, but – as for a first marriage – we do expect you to be willing to spend some time reflecting on past experiences and exploring with us how Christian marriage can bring a new impetus and a new dimension to your life together.

There is lots of useful information about getting married on the Church of England website. Similarly, you can find out about weddings in a Methodist Church.

Funerals

Everyone has the right to expect their parish priest to be there for them when a loved one dies. As ministers we see the help we offer as one of the greatest privileges of our ministry. We will support you in any way we can. We will respect your faith position and the privacy of your family, and we will work with you to celebrate the lives of your family members or friends as you would like to have them celebrated. Just ask us. Information about frequently asked questions (FAQs) can be found below.

To discuss any of these, please contact the Rector (for the Anglican churches) or the respective Ministers for the United Reformed and Methodist Churches - contact details on the Key People page.

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