The church is there for many of the big events of life
Christenings generally take place on the 3rd Sunday of the month, during our Third Sunday service (they can be arranged at other times too).
One of the most important choices we can make for a child is their relationship with God.
In Baptism (Christening), parents and godparents make important choices for the child, who is anointed with oil, washed with water and given a candle.
Baptism is a great way to celebrate a birth, a wonderful opportunity to thank God for their arrival, and the best possible start to their life.
What is the difference between Baptism & Christening?
Nothing. They are two words for the same thing.
Who can get Baptised at St Mary’s?
Anyone who lives in the parish or who comes regularly to church.
Do the parents have to be baptised?
No. Anyone can bring a child for baptism.
Who can be a Godparent?
Anyone old enough to understand what they are saying can be a godparent. Because they will make the baptism promises for their godchild, they must have been baptised themselves.
What does a baptism cost?
Nothing. Baptism is absolutely free.
Are only babies baptised?
No. Anyone who wants to become a Christian begins by being baptised. If you haven’t been baptised and want to talk about it, please speak to the Rector.
What happens next?
If you are interested in baptism, either for your child or yourself, or just want to know more please call the Church Office on 01730 892552. We’ll arrange a time to meet and talk through the service.
There are many wonderful venues for a wedding, but the church offers more. We want to help your wedding to be perfect, and to support you before, during and after the day.
Here are some questions people ask about getting married in church.
Who can get married at St Mary’s?
YOU CAN, if one of you:
- Live or have ever lived in the parish
- Were baptised or confirmed in St Mary’s
- Have ever regularly gone to church at St Mary’s
- Have parents who have lived in the parish in your lifetime
- Have parents who have ever regularly gone to church at St Mary’s
- Have parents or grandparents who were married in St Mary’s
If these don’t apply to you, please speak to us, as it may still be possible to be married in the church, or to arrange a blessing in church after a civil wedding.
Do you have to have been baptised to get married in church?
Is it expensive?
A full church wedding, with organist and bells, costs around £916 (in 2019). A simple wedding without music costs as little as £685 (2019)
What if I am divorced?
It is still sometimes possible to get married in church, so please talk to the Rector
What happens next?
If you are interested in getting married in church, or just want to know more call us on 01730 892552 or e-mail the Parish Office firstname.lastname@example.org.
One of the clergy will meet with you as the day approaches, they will help you to plan the service and to prepare for your new life together as husband and wife.
Whether your wedding is in church or not, the church thinks marriage is wonderful and important, and will help and support you before your wedding, and all through your life together.
There’s more helpful information about church weddings at www.yourchurchwedding.org
For all enquiries, please contact the Parish office.