If you are thinking about being married at All Saints then we will do our best to make your wedding day memorable for you, your family and your friends. This will be a very exciting time for both of you with many things to think about and plan. However, it is sensible to start with location and date, so your first question is likely to be:
Can we get married at All Saints?
The rector has a legal duty to be satisfied that you can lawfully marry in the parish before any arrangements can be fixed. To make this process as quick and simple as possible, it is best to telephone the Church Office (01823 330812).
There are four areas about you as a couple that will need to be clarified:
- Whether you are so closely related to each other that the law does not permit you to marry. You will need to certify that this is not the case.
- Whether either of you is not a UK National. Special issues arise in this situation and these need to be considered before further progress can be made.
- Whether either of you is qualified to be married at All Saints. Qualification comes by virtue either of being a resident in the parish; or of being on the church electoral roll; or of having close family links with the parish.
- Whether either of you has been married before and your former husband or wife is still alive. In this case an interview with the Rector will be necessary before any arrangements can be made.
Once these issues have been clarified we will send you a booklet and ask you to arrange an appointment with the Rector. At this meeting all the arrangements for the wedding service can be discussed and any questions that you have can be raised.
The birth of a child is an exciting time in the life of any family. Children are a tremendous gift from God and so parents often want to find a way of giving thanks. Parents also have great hopes for their child, which often involves seeing their child grow up in the Christian faith. We are able to offer two services that you may like to choose for you and your child (provided you live in the Parish or worship regularly at All Saints):
Thanksgiving for the gift of a child
A thanksgiving is a short service in which we thank God for the child and pray God’s blessing on them. Parents may choose this service:
- When they want to leave baptism until the child can choose it for himself/herself, but would still like to give thanks for their child.
- When they don’t feel comfortable making the promises and declarations in the baptism service, but recognise that something has happened for which they wish to give thanks to God.
Baptism of a child
In a baptism service, the child is baptised on the understanding that they will be brought up within the Christian faith and that their faith will be nurtured in the home and within a local church congregation. In the service, parents and godparents make declarations and promises about their own faith and about their intention to nurture their child’s faith.
There are a number of simple ways in which parents can begin to nurture their child’s faith. It’s important to start belonging to a local church with groups for children. Parents can start reading Bible stories from a children’s Bible and praying simple prayers with their child, perhaps at bedtime. Parents can also encourage their children by showing them what it means to live as a Christian by their own example.
It’s an exciting new beginning for you and your child and we at All Saints are here to encourage and support you.
Our Rector will be able to talk to you about which of these two services would be better for you and your child, but in the first place please contact the Church Office and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible.
You can find lots of information, including help for organising weddings, baptisms and other special events on the Church of England website