Baptisms, Weddings and Funerals

Baptisms

We are always delighted to baptise both adults and children in our parish. We have a careful process of preparation for baptism, which is intended both to help you, as a family, get to know us and to help us, as a church family, get to know you and your child(ren).

The Church of England Baptism Service gives the church family a responsibility to assist you in encouraging your child to ‘grow in faith’ and to draw them ‘by your example20170702_114037’ into the community of faith. We take this responsibility seriously and believe it is important for us to get to know you and your child, before the baptism.

Prior to the baptism, a member of our clergy team and a church representative will visit you at home to discuss the service and explain baptism in more detail. You will have the chance to ask any questions you may have about the Christian faith, or the meaning of baptism.

If you are interested in a baptism at one of our churches, please contact Rev Lesley Jones 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 the Wedding Clerk to confirm the date and fill in the Banns applicatiwedding ring_Page_1on form with details of 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 bring up any queries about the service.

The Banns (a statement of the couple’s intention to marry) are read in church for three consecutive Sundays in the month before the wedding and many couples like to come to church to hear this.

Nearer the wedding date, we can meet again to make sure that all the details are covered and the Clerk is always available to discuss any problems or queries.

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:
PCC £263.00
Diocesan Fee £193.00
Verger £30.00

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

Reception:
St. Mary’s Church hall (seating 75) 8 hours £120.00
St. Mary’s Church 8 hours £250.00

For further information, please contact the Wedding Clerk Mrs Joy Kiley on 01795 423734 or email jykiley@yahoo.co.uk.

More information about getting married in one of our churches can be found at http://yourchurchwedding.org/ (please note that this is general information on marrying in the Church of England and is not specific to a particular church.)

Funerals

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Funerals can be booked for both churches, through local undertakers. Undertakers in Sittingbourne are:-

R High and Sons 01795 472958
Co-operative 01795 423904
Bournes 01795 424423 

A Funeral is a time for family and friends to come together and express grief at a loss, give thanks for a life and commend a person into God’s keeping after their life on earth has ended.

Every funeral is different and can be either small, quiet ceremonies or larger occasions in a full church.

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.

Please contact us if you would like more information.