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As befits a living Christian community, St John’s regularly celebrates the Sacraments that mark our passage through our earthly lives – baptism, weddings and funerals. We welcome all those who would like to enquire about a baptism, wedding or funeral, whether or not you are regular members of our congregation. Please contact the Church Wardens or the Parish Assistant for more information and advice.


Baptism

​Baptism or Christening? They are the same! Often Baptism is referred to as  Christening. The word  Christening links with “Christ” - it means “anointed” . During the baptism service, the parents and godparents gather together with the baby and the priest, usually around the church's font, to make a series of religious declarations. They are required to declare their belief in God, and that the child will be brought up following Jesus. The priest marks the sign of the cross on the child's forehead, and will say: "Christ claims you for his own. Receive the sign of his cross. Do not be ashamed to confess the faith of Christ crucified." The priest then pours some water on the child's head, symbolising the washing away of all sin to begin a new life with God, saying "I baptise you in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit."

 While most people are familiar with being baptised as a child, baptism can be embraced at any stage in life. What matters is that those concerned believe it is right to ask for baptism as an important part of their pilgrim journey.

Thanksgiving
We recognise that some parents find it difficult to make the promises expected at baptism. They may include things that parents and godparents haven’t thought about before, or which you may be unsure of. We can arrange a service of Thanksgiving instead. In a Thanksgiving, we simply give thanks for the birth of the child, there are prayers and a short talk. We would be happy to talk through the differences in the service.




 

Weddings

We believe in marriage and we love weddings! If you are planning a marriage and are thinking of having your wedding in church, we would love to be a part of your plans and your special day.

You’re welcome to marry in the Church of England whatever your beliefs, whether or not you are christened and regardless of whether you go to church or not. It’s your church, and we welcome you!

 More than a quarter of all marriages in England take place in the traditional setting of a Church of England church. Parliament recently changed the rules about which churches you can get married in, giving you a lot more options. Marrying in church has never been easier!

Please get in touch with the Church Wardens or Parish Assistant with any questions or to discuss possible dates.



 

Funerals

The ministry of the Church encompasses our beginnings and endings, from birth to death. At some point in our lives, we will all face the loss of someone we love and of course our own death too. At St. John's we strive to serve and support the recently bereaved through the ministry of funerals, whether here at St. John's or at the local crematorium. We seek to help people through this very difficult period in their lives, through sensitive pastoral care and by helping them plan the funeral service of their loved one. Through this ministry we seek to affirm the Christian hope of Resurrection.

Planing a funeral is a daunting experience and clearly it always come when we are feeling at our worst. So our advice is to contact a funeral director first of all and they will give you expert guidance and take care of all the practical arrangements – of which the funeral service itself is only one. At St. John’s we regularly work closely with local funeral directors.


Life Events

Confirmation.

Confirmation is for adults or for older children who have been baptised and who wish to ‘confirm’ the promises made by their parents and godparents. It is important to see confirmation as a part of the journey in faith in Christ and not in isolation.
Through prayer and the laying on of hands by a bishop, the Church also asks God to to give those being confirmed power, through the Holy Spirit, to live the life of discipleship.


Please visit www.yourchurchwedding.org for more information about marriage, services, fees and tips for planning your day.