Baptism, weddings and funerals

Baptisms

Adults
Many people grow up in the Church because they have been baptised as babies and brought up in a Christian family. That is not always the case. Increasing numbers of older people - from teenagers to great grandparents - are making their own decision to join the Church. Have a look at our leaflet on Adult Baptism (docs).

Children
Maybe you would like your child / children to be baptised. If so, great! If you want to raise your children in the Christian faith and feel comfortable making the baptismal promises on their behalf, then we would love to prepare you and your family for this big step.

Thanksgiving services
If in good conscience you don’t feel you can make the promises in the baptism service for your child, don’t worry. It may be possible to have a Thanksgiving Service instead.

Please do look at our booklet on Baptisms and Thanksgivings  (docs) to help you explore these issues or contact our Assistant Lay Minister Jill Purser to talk through what service would be most appropriate.

The next step
Contact: Jill Purser
T: 01884 840432
jillian.purser@btinternet.com


Godparents

If you are a Godparent, are thinking about becoming one or asking someone to take this important role in the life of your child please do take a look at our Godparent leaflet (docs) to explore what this might involve.


Weddings

A marriage service, wherever it is held, is a public declaration of love and commitment to your partner.

A marriage in church offers you the opportunity to make your declaration before God and offers you the opportunity to explore the Christian understanding of marriage.

The next step
Having decided you want a church wedding, have a look at our Wedding booklet  (docs) and then get in touch with Rev Selina Garner or Jill Purser.

You might also find it helpful to look at readings (docs) which are often used at weddings, details of church wedding fees (docs) and flower arrangements (docs).


Funerals

A funeral marks the close of a human life on earth. It is the opportunity for friends and family to express their grief, to give thanks for the life which has now completed its journey in this world, and to commend the person into God's keeping.

The funeral service of the Church of England can be very short and quiet with only a few members of the family present, or an occasion of great solemnity with music, hymns and a packed church. You might find it helpful to read our funeral leaflet  (docs) and to have details of the funeral fees (docs).

At St Mary’s Uffculme we have a team of people who are part of our funeral ministry and seek to support families in preparing and leading an appropriate service at this sad time. Do contact Rev Selina Garner if you would like someone to visit to discuss any issues about death or bereavement.

Contact: Revd Selina Garner
T: 01884 841001
vicar@stmarysuffculme.org.uk


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