Christenings

Thank God for the gift of your child’s life and start your child’s journey of faith.

Everyone is welcome to have their children christened in their parish church. During the Christening service your baby will be baptized. We also welcome adults who want to be baptized.

Weddings

Congratulations on your forthcoming wedding.

St Barnabas Church is a special place ideal for your special day.

You’re welcome to marry in church whatever your beliefs, whether or not you are baptised and whether or not you go to church.

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.

Baptisms

Contact the church to arrange your christening at St. Barnabas.

Christening

What happens during the service?

christeningYour child’s Baptism will normally take place during the main Sunday service (usually in the morning). This is so that your child can be seen to be joining the family of the Church and be welcomed into membership. In turn the Church will promise to support and pray for you and your child.

The vicar will make sure you know where to sit and when you need to move. Some parts of the service will be for everyone to join in with, some will be for you and the godparents.

Part of the service will normally take place at the front of the church, but for the Baptism itself, parents and godparents, sometimes family and friends too, will usually be asked by the vicar to gather around the font. (The font is a large basin on a pedestal, containing the water for baptism.)

The vicar will ask the parents and godparents to make declarations on behalf of the child

Weddings

Today more than a quarter of all marriages in England between a man and a woman take place in the traditional setting of a Church of England church.

To help you plan for this special day a dedicated website has been created. Visit yourchurchwedding.org for more information.

Funerals

candleA funeral is used to mark the end of a person’s life here on earth. Family and friends come together to express grief, give thanks for the life lived and commend the person into God’s keeping. These can be a small, quiet ceremony or a large occasion in a packed church.

Everyone is entitled to either a burial service (funeral) or to have their ashes buried in their local parish churchyard by their local parish priest regardless of whether they attended church or not. Speak to your local vicar for more information, or, if you do not know who your local vicar is please use the search box on the right to find your local Church of England church.

Some people find planning the funeral with family and friends helps in their grieving. Perhaps you already know something of what your loved one wanted. You may even have planned the service together some time ago.

If you are uncertain the minister who will lead the service can help you choose suitable readings, hymns and prayers. If they did not know your loved one well, they will want to talk with you to build up a picture of the person’s life, this may take only one meeting but sometimes it can be more.

Some deaths will be especially traumatic, distressing or unexpected. The Church has special funerals for children, or after sudden or violent deaths, including suicide. Talk with your minister about what is possible.