Baptisms, Weddings and Funerals
Baptisms: In our denomination, we are willing to baptise small infants. This is the beginning of the process of joining the church, to be completed later when the child is old enough to make up his or her own mind. We therefore expect parents or carers of such children to maintain a meaningful connection with the church. If you don't feel able to do this, then please resist any pressure to have the child “christened” and opt instead for a thanksgiving service.
Because baptism is about bringing the child into the church, it will take place during the church's main meeting for worship, the Sunday morning service.
As an alternative, a Thanksgiving Service lets you thank God for the birth of a child, and formally mark its coming into the world. This is the more appropriate option if you feel that you cannot make the commitment to bringing the child up in the church which baptism requires, or if you would prefer your child to be baptised when he or she is old enough to make up his or her own mind.
Weddings: The church is available for weddings. You would need to give several months' notice so that we can make arrangements for someone to conduct the ceremony. There is a charge for the minister and use of the church, plus the organist's fees and any flowers.
Our church building is registered for marriage services between a man and a woman. It is not registered for marriages of same-sex couples.
We are also happy to give a church blessing to civil marriages or partnerships; arrangements and charges are as for weddings.
Funerals: You may contact us through your funeral director, but please do not hesitate to get in touch with us directly.
You may also find helpful information and support on the Cruse website.
Please contact our Minister if you want to discuss any of these.