Baptisms, Weddings and Funerals

The Church is here for you at these special times in your life.

Weddings

If you are considering a church wedding, we would love to help you create a service which is meaningful and personal to you. 

Download here Thinking about a Church wedding - a list of frequently asked questions about getting married in the Church of England.

Visit www.yourchurchwedding.org for help and support on planning your wedding, information about marriage, the ceremony, choosing music and more. Further information and guidance on the marriage service itself is also available from your local vicar or from the Church of England website.

To get in touch with your local parish priest, visit A Church Near You and locate your parish church. The Church of England has recently make it easier for couples to marry in a church where they have a family or other special connection, even if they don’t live there, so do talk to your vicar about your plans.

Other resources
Music and Readings for your wedding
Non-Biblical readings for your ceremony 

Christenings

In baptism, you as parents are thanking God for his gift of life, deciding to start your child on the journey of faith and asking for the Church's support.

For more information, visit the Church of England Christenings website - a ‘one stop shop’ where parents, godparents and guests can find all they need to know about choosing, planning and attending the baptism. The Church of England website also has details.

Alternatively contact your local parish priest. Details of your local church may be found at A Church Near You.

Funerals

A funeral is the opportunity for friends and family to express their grief, to give thanks for the life which has now completed its journey in this world and to commend the person into God's keeping.

The funeral service of the Church of England can be very short and quiet with only a few members of the family present or an occasion of great solemnity with music, hymns and a packed church.

Whatever the pattern of service, the words and actions all speak of a loving God and the preciousness to Him of every human being.

For more information visit the Church of England funerals website.