Arranging a Christening
Children are a wonderful blessing, and as their parent you may wish for them to be christened. Many churches use the word “baptism” to describe the christening ceremony. Our Lord Jesus was himself baptised by the prophet John.
Often parents choose godparents to share the responsibility for bringing up a child.
The traditional number of godparents is three – two women and a man for a girl, and two men and a woman for a boy. However, that is not a hard and fast rule. The important thing is to try to involve people who will have the child’s best interests at heart.
To discuss your wishes please can you contact our Rector, The Rev Canon Stephen Hazlett, who will be delighted to talk to you about your wishes.
Equally christening, and developing your relationship with the church, can take place at any stage in our lives. If as a young person or adult your spiritual journey is leading you to ask questions about christening, please do call or email our Rector.
Arranging a Wedding
Congratulations ! Now you’ve made the decision to get married you may be considering venues and how God fits into your “Big Day”. The Bible is full of references to marriage and to married life. Indeed Jesus first miracle was performed at a wedding, when he turned water into wine.
St Mary’s is a beautiful church flooded with natural light with beautiful stained glass windows. We have a traditional organ and provide an intimate setting, which can seat 80-90 people.
Arranging a Funeral
There are generally two points of contact when arranging a funeral – the undertaker (who may prefer to be thought of as a “funeral director” these days) and the priest from the church who is going to be conducting the service itself.
It is important that either the person arranging the funeral (who will generally be a friend or family member of the person who has died) checks that the church and the person conducting the service are available before agreeing a time with the undertaker.
Our Rector, The Rev Canon Stephen Hazlett, not only will offer advice on the service itself, but just as importantly will offer pastoral care to all the family and friends at this difficult time.
You can also contact the Rector if you wish to make prior arrangements.