Baptisms, Weddings and Funerals
Baptism or Christening (both words describe the same thing) is a celebration of new life and faith. At baptism we are welcomed into the family of the church – not just into Saint Swithun’s family but into the Christian family worldwide and throughout time and space.
Baptisms take place on a Sunday at our main 10am Eucharist or communion service so that the newly baptised can be welcomed by some of their new Christian family.
If you would like to have your child baptised or to explore being baptised yourself please get in touch so that we can meet you and discuss what it all means in more detail. You can find out more at: www.churchofenglandchristenings.org
Another option is a Thanksgiving service for the birth of a child. This is a special church service in which we say thank you to God for your child. This service is particularly suited to those who would prefer their child to choose if baptism is something they would like to do for themselves later in their life.
A church is so much more than simply a venue for your wedding. Unique and special things become part of your marriage, on the day itself and beyond:-
A church wedding will add a spiritual dimension to your marriage. The ceremony includes God and looks to God’s love for help and guidance. God’s blessing is the main attraction for many couples, whatever their beliefs. A church wedding can blend ancient tradition and modern experience to reflect your story. Mother Juliet will meet with you to help you make your wedding personal, memorable, meaningful and beautiful.
We also offer short sessions to help you prepare for your marriage. Find out more: www.yourchurchwedding.org
We will always be here to help you through one of life’s most difficult times. A Church of England funeral is available to everyone (whether we are church goers or not) and we can give support before, during and after the service, for as long as it is needed. If you feel that a Christian funeral is right for you or your loved one, then we will help guide you through this difficult time. Ask your Funeral Director to contact us, or get in touch with us yourself if you have any questions.
We recognise that people need a lot of care and support when they lose a loved one. If you would like to talk to someone please get in touch. Find our more here: www.churchofenglandfunerals.org