At St. Paul’s we welcome for christening (Baptism) all children living in the Parish. Baptism for children living outside the Parish can be arranged with permission of the Vicar of the Parish the family actually lives in. The date is booked once the official Baptism form is completed. Christenings usually take place during the Worship for All service on the 3rd Sunday of the month. The number of godparents is usually three, though more are permitted. Three should have been christened themselves, even if from another church (ie: Roman Catholic, URC, Methodist, etc.) Adults seeking Baptism usually do so as part of Confirmation, but we can baptise an adult at the same time as their child/ children.
The minister taking the service will arrange a visit with the family and godparents to discuss what Baptism means and how the service is arranged. All children being baptised are required to attend at least one main Sunday service with their family in order to see what their parents and godparents are undertaking as the child prepares to become a member of God’s Church. Christenings are free of charge, though any donation made is gratefully received. Traditionally, we do not hold Baptism services during Lent (Ash Wednesday until Easter).
Getting married in Church is a very special experience. We are happy to help make that possible for you. Couples where at least one lives in the Parish, has done so in the past, or has a family connection to it can be married after the Calling of Banns. Other couples without a qualifying connect may marry at St. Paul’s if they are regular worshippers with us for at least six months before the wedding and apply to go on the Church Roll.
Dates for weddings are booked once the Banns Application has been completed. The clergy are happy to answer any questions you may have and will help you prepare for the service itself. We have married couples where one or more partner is divorced, subject to the Bishops’ Guidelines and Church of England policy.
The Ministry Team are here for those who have suffered a bereavement and can help you design a personal and meaningful service that reflects the life of the person who has died, as well as celebrating the hope we have in Christ that each one of us is a child of God and that death is not the end of all. Funerals may take place in Church, at a local crematorium, or cemetery.