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Baptisms

Baptisms, or sometimes called Christenings, will normally take place during the main Sunday morning Holy Communion service. This is so that whoever is being baptised can be seen to be joining the family of the church and be welcomed into membership.

Baptism is not only for babies and children, anybody of any age who has never been baptised in the past are warmly welcomed to take their first steps towards Christ through baptism.

Some parents might not want the commitment that baptism involves and might want to celebrate the gift of a child with a Thanksgiving service. Please speak to the vicar about your options for this special occasion.

Confirmation

Confirmation is the time when the promises, made by either yourselves or through your parents and godparents at your baptism,  are affirmed by yourself by faith for your intention to live a life committed to Christian values.

You will invited by the vicar to attend a confirmation course, usually with other people on the road to confirmation, where you can explore the Christian faith.

Confirmations are always carried out by the Bishop and may not take place here at Christ Church.  

Weddings

Here at Christ Church we want to make your wedding day as memorable and special as if you are the very first couple to get married here. There are things a church wedding can offer you that other places cannot, it will give you that spiritual feeling as God welcomes you into his house to celebrate your special day. And you can’t have church bells without a church !.

“And the two shall become one flesh, so that they are no longer two, but one flesh. Therefore what God has joined together, let no one separate”   Mark 10:8-9

As part of The Church of England, it is a legal requirement that banns of marriage are read out in church on three separate occasions three months before your wedding day. Banns are an announcement in church of your intention to marry and a chance for anybody to put forward any reason why you may not lawfully wed.

Please speak to the vicar about all your requirements or concerns about your wedding.

Funerals

Feelings of grief, gratitude, joy and sadness are common among those left behind. Reverend Joss and the members of Christ Church are there to offer their support during this sad occasion.

We hope that you may find comfort in the promise of Jesus Christ, in the hope of the resurrection and in the belief that the beloved person is safe in the arms of the Lord.

Martin will only be to happy to talk to you about suitable readings, prayers and hymns, and if the vicar did not know your loved one well, will want to talk with you to build up a picture of the person’s life.

Jesus said “ I am the resurrection and the life. Anyone who believes in me will live, even though they die; and whoever lives and believes in me will never die”    John 11:25-26.