There are certain life events that we want to mark in a special way. Some are occasions of celebration, like weddings and Christenings, and other occasions can be those of sadness, like funerals.
Here in this Parish we have an experience built up over many years to help try and make all such occasions to be positive ones. We have a committed team who seek to do their best on all occasions.
Whether it be for a recently born child or an adult come to faith, we would be delighted to arrange a service of Holy Baptism for you, often called a Christening.
Baptism services usually take place on Sunday mornings at 12:00 noon and we try to ensure a meaningful and enjoyable service for all. Sometimes, if the number of guests is small, we may put two families together, but we work on the principle that we want to enjoy the service as much as you.
To book your baptism please contact Rev'd Rebecca Haughty on 01642 493661.
If you have decided to get married,CONGRATULATIONS! It's one of the most important events in your life and if we can help make it even more special with a wedding in either All Saints or Christ Church, then we will be delighted to welcome you.
Although everyone in England has a legal right to be married in their Parish Church (i.e. The Church that serves the area where they live). There are now growing options to be able to get married in other Churches where you may have a connection or can make one.
The options at the moment are you can get married in a Church if one of you :
- lives in the parish
- is on the church’s electoral roll
- has at any time lived in the parish for a period of at least 6 months
- has habitually attended normal church services in the parish church for a period of at least 6 months
- was baptised in the parish
- was prepared for confirmation in the parish
- one of your parents; at any time after you were born
- has lived in the parish for a period of at least 6 months
- has at any time habitually attended normal church services in the parish church for a period of at least 6 months
- one of your parents or grandparents:
- was married in the parish. Or:
- they have been granted a Special Licence
If any of this seems confusing, it is, so please contact us if you need any help or advice as to how to make your wedding here possible. If you want to know which is the Parish where you live, visit www.achurchnearyou.com and enter your postcode.
There is so much to think about when a loved one dies and you are faced with planning the funeral service. Here are a few pointers to help.
Burial or cremation - does your loved one have any strong feelings? Burial gives you a place to go to afterwards if you need to grieve. At Christ Church we have a Garden of Remembrance for cremated remains, and a plaque can be fixed to a paving stone. .
Service in Church First? A service in Church first gives you more time and flexibility and is also far more convenient for mourners to attend from the village. Many people today reverse the order with cremations and have the committal first, returning to Church for a Service of Thanksgiving, and then being together with friends for a Funeral Tea.
Music in the Service - We normally sing two hymns, and we have the facility to play favourite music in, out or in the middle of the service. This helps make a personal touch.
Poems - as well as the Bible reading, people often include another poem or reading.
The Vicar will visit beforehand to help plan with you all that you need for the service. We also offer all mourners to sign into Church as they enter, so that you have a record of those who came, and also working with the funeral director they maybe able to supply personal service cards which include the hymns, readings, and where to meet after the service to continue to celebrate your loved ones live.