Reepham & Wensum Valley Team Churches - at the Heart of the Community

Baptisms, Weddings & Funerals

Some restrictions still remain in place in the UK to stop the spread of Covid 19. From 17th May 2021, some restrictions were eased as follows:

Baptisms: All baptisms, where held outside of the context of communal worship, are subject to a maximum number of attendees of 30. Baptisms held as part of communal worship are subject to the size of the church and the maximum  number of people who are able to attend safely with social distancing in place. Please contact Rev’d Keith or Rev’d Helen if you wish to plan a baptism.

Weddings: Current guidance from the Government states that from 17th May, wedding ceremonies will be permitted for up to 30 people in Covid secure venues. Guidance is due to be reviewed on 21st June 2021.

Funerals: The number of attendees at a funeral will be determined by the size of the venue and how many people can be safely accommodated with social distancing in place. Therefore, please contact Rev’d Keith or Rev’d Helen to check how many people the church can hold. For all other commemorative events following the service such as wakes, stone setting or scattering of ashes, the current limit on attendees is 30 people. Guidance is due to be reviewed on 21st June 2021.

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.