Weddings, Baptisms, Funerals
We’re here to support you through the highs and lows of life.
Over 40,000 weddings take place in Church of England parish churches every year. Getting married is a really joyful and exciting time, but it can sometimes be stressful. Your local vicar and church community can offer you guidance and support not only in planning your wedding day, but also in your married life together.
If you’re thinking of getting married in a church, your local vicar would love to discuss this with you. Click here to find out where your nearest church is and how to contact the vicar.
Have a look at www.yourchurchwedding.org to find out more about church weddings.
Services of Blessing and Thanksgiving
If you choose to get married outside of a church in a civil ceremony, you can still have a service of blessing on your marriage in a church. Your local vicar will be pleased to help you plan the service and advise what sort of service will suit you best.
Churches also offer Services of Thanksgiving to celebrate an anniversary, after a time of separation or difficulty in a marriage or when couples renew their vows together.
You can be baptised as an infant or an adult. In baptism, a person is plunged into water, or infants have water sprinkled on their heads. It is a symbolic act which means that the person being baptised has become part of the family of God. Many parents choose to baptise their children in a service that is sometimes called ‘Christening’ to celebrate the new life of their child and commit to raising the child in the Christian faith.
Thanksgiving for Children
Some parents may not wish to make this commitment at this stage in a child’s life and many churches also offer a service of thanksgiving following the birth of a child, rather than baptism.
If you are interested in being baptised, or having children baptised, please contact your local vicar who can discuss this with you. Find your local parish church here.
A funeral is used to mark the end of a person's life here on earth. The death of a loved one is an extremely sad and difficult time, so your local parish priest is available to offer you as much help and support as you need.
You do not need to be a regular church attender to arrange a funeral; everyone is able to organise a funeral service with their local vicar, even if you have never gone to church.
Please feel free to contact your local vicar if you want to discuss funeral arrangements, or for any help and support at this difficult time.
If you would like to find out more about church funerals, please see: https://churchofenglandfunerals.org/