LIFE EVENTS – COVID-19 

Although our churches are temporarily closed in order to protect our community, we are working hard to keep all of those couples and families whose life events have been affected by the current crisis fully informed and to reassure them that we will do everything we can to help and support them on their journey.

Weddings, Christening, Baptisms and Confirmations have all been suspended until further notice, however as people take this time to plan their future lives together, to welcome new members to their families or to move forward on their journey of faith, we are more than happy to help with your enquiries and future plans.

Funerals continue to take place under new guidelines which can be found in the Funeral section below.  For those suffering the loss of a loved one at this time and unable to attend a funeral service, the Church of England have provided a simple reflection for you to use at home on the day of the funeral, which can also be found in the Funeral section section below.

In our churches we have an open policy for all of our services. We just need to make sure that the right people know that you would like to have a service with us. With weddings we also have to make sure that you are able to be legally married in our church. We will be able to help you with that as well.

Christenings & Baptism

Anyone can get in touch with a church to find about having their child christened. During a christening your child will be baptized with water. It’s the start of an amazing journey of faith for your child and a special day for all your friends and family.  Adults can be baptized too. Contact the Abbey and Benefice Office if you’d like to know more.

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Weddings

Marrying in church is personal, meaningful and spiritual just as you want it to be. Churches are special and unique places to get married in – the prayers, promises and the whole service of celebration become part of your marriage, on the day itself and beyond. Contact the Abbey and Benefice Office if you’d like us to be involved in your special day.

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Confirmations

Confirmation is about wanting to take the next step on your journey as a follower of Jesus Christ. We hold confirmation services every year or so. if your journey is leading to a public affirmation of your faith please contact the Abbey and Benefice Office for more details.

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Funerals and Covid-19

Funerals continue to take place under new guidelines:

Sadly, funerals may now only happen at the Crematorium or at the graveside. Only immediate family members can attend (if the crematorium allows) – that is, spouse or partner, parents and children, keeping their distance in the prescribed way (this is true also for burial of ashes). No wake or gathering should be held following the funeral, and this should be scheduled for a later date.

We recognise how difficult this will be for many and add to the pain of a loss, and encourage you to discuss with your vicar or minister the possibility of a memorial service at a date in the future where more people can be present.   

(extract taken from www.churchofengland.org)

For those suffering the loss of a loved one at this time and unable to attend a funeral service, the Church of England have also provided a number of resources including a simple reflection for you to use at home on the day of the funeral.

For mourners: a simple reflection at home on the day of a funeral you can’t attend

Funerals sympathy card for download

Funerals

A church will always be there to help you through one of life’s most difficult times. A Church of England-led funeral is available to everyone, giving support before, during and after the service, for as long as it’s needed. If you would like us to accompany you through the loss of a loved one please contact the Abbey and Benefice Office.

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Vocations

Vocation means what you are called by God to be and do. For some, this is a specific calling to ministry. For others, it could mean serving God through faithful discipleship in everyday life. Everyone has a vocation. What’s yours? If you want to explore your vocation further please contact the Priest-in Charge.

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