Baptisms, Weddings and Funerals

Baptisms

We are always delighted to baptize both adults and children in our parish. Our Team Vicar is happy to meet with families and to help them prepare for the big day. St. Michael’s also more family friendly services and events:

All Age Worship – First Sunday of the Month at 10 am

Messy Church – third Saturday of the Month at 4 pm.

Holiday Club – August – dates to be announced for this year.

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Prior to the baptism, there will be an opportunity to ask any questions you may have about the Christian faith, or the meaning of baptism.

If you are interested in a baptism at St. Michael’s Church, please contact Rev. Lesley Jones on 01795 430975.

We will, of course, always baptise a child immediately, in the case of a serious medical risk or emergency.

Weddings in Church

We are always happy to meet with couples to discuss a church wedding at either St. Mary’s or St. Michael’s.

If you live in the parish, everything is straightforward but there are now several ways in which couples can qualify to be married in one of our churches, for instance if parents have been married here.

The first step is a meeting with us to confirm the date and fill in the Banns applicationwedding ring_Page_1 form with details of the bride and groom. There is a booking fee of £50.00 at this stage. At this meeting we can discuss details like music and hymns and whether a choir, organ or bells are wanted and any wishes about flowers. This is a good opportunity to ask any questions you may have about the service.

The Banns (a statement of the couple’s intention to marry) are read in church, usually for three consecutive Sundays in the month before the wedding at our main service (10 am on Sunday morning) and many couples like to come to church to hear this.

Nearer the wedding date, we can meet again to make sure that everything is in place for you and to check for any changes.

There will be an individual meeting with whichever priest will be conducting the ceremony and in the week leading up to the wedding there will be a rehearsal in church.

Current Fees (2019):
PCC £278.00
Diocesan Fee £207.00
Verger £30.00

Optional Extras (2019):
St. Michael’s Choir £100.00
Cantiana Choir £100.00
Organist £75.00
Bells £80.00
Video Licence £60.00

For further information, please contact Rev. Lesley Jones on 01795 430975.

More information about getting married can be found on the Church of England’s Website:

https://www.churchofengland.org/life-events/weddings

Funerals

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Funerals can be booked for St. Michael’s Church, through local Funeral Directors:
Bournes 01795 424423
Co-operative 01795 423904
Doves 01795 431300
R High and Sons 01795 472958
William Whitmey 01795 227020

A Funeral is a time for family and friends to come together, comfort one another in their grief, give thanks for for the life of their loved one, and commend them into God’s keeping.

Every funeral is different from small ceremonies through to  larger services which can fill the church. Our Team Vicar will be happy to discuss your requirements and to plan a funeral or memorial service with you.

Everyone is entitled to a funeral service or to have their ashes buried in their local parish churchyard regardless of whether they attended church or not.

For further information, please contact Rev. Lesley Jones on 01795 430975.

 

Additional information about Church of England Funerals can be found here:

 

https://www.churchofengland.org/life-events/funerals