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Baptisms, Weddings & Funerals

As detailed in the letter from the Archbishops of York and Canterbury, baptisms, weddings and funerals are subject to changes as we practice social distancing to help stem the spread of Covid-19 (Coronavirus). These changes take effect from 19th March until further notice.

Baptisms: All baptisms should be postponed until after the crisis. The only exception is emergency baptisms. Please contact Rev’d Keith or Rev’d Helen in this instance.

Weddings: Weddings should be postponed until after the crisis, please contact Rev’d Keith and Rev’d Helen if you were due to get married this year.

Funerals: Funerals should be attended by immediate family – i.e. spouse/partner, children and parents. A memorial service can he held at a later date for friends and family to attend, once the crisis has passed. We are looking to create tribute books with memories and messages from those who would have normally attended the funeral. Memories should be shared via email to parishofficerwv@gmail.com.

 

Baptism

Baptism is the start of an amazing journey of faith for your child and a special day for you and all your friends and family.

If you are thinking about having your child baptised, please contact Rev’d Keith or Rev’d Helen who will be more than happy to speak to you about it. Generally, people are baptised in their local parish church, however if you have a strong family link to a particular church within our benefice you may be able to hold the baptism there.

There is no fee for a baptism, however should you require a Certificate of Baptism, there is a cost of £14.

The Church of England provide further information and advice here.

Weddings

If you would like to get married in one of our churches, please contact Rev’d Keith or Rev’d Helen. Generally people marry in their local parish church, however if a different church has a special significance to you or a strong family connection you may be able to marry there.

The cost of marrying in church can vary depending on what you choose for your service. However, there are some compulsory costs which are detailed here. This basic legal fee covers the cost of the vicar, the church, the calling of Banns, a Banns certificate and administration costs.  These are all things that can be discussed with Rev’d Keith and Rev’d Helen when you meet to plan your service.

Further information about planning your big day can be found here . 

Funerals

The death of someone close to us is not an easy part of life. It can feel confusing, exhausting or painful and finding a way to mark the end of a life may seem like an overwhelming task.

The church is always there, particularly during this difficult time to support you.  From the moment you contact us, through to planning a funeral and any support you may need during or after it, we are there for as long as you need.  Please contact Rev’d Keith and Rev’d Helen to discuss what you would like.

Church of England led funerals are available to everyone. Further information can be found here, including practical information here.