Family Life

Baptism
We would be delighted if you are thinking of baptism for your child. Your child is precious to you and precious to God. At baptism you promise to raise your child to know God loves them, and to help them to follow Jesus as a member of the Church.

What is baptism? In baptism, you as parents are: thanking God for his gift of life, making a decision to start your child on the journey of faith and asking for the Church's support. For your child, baptism marks the start of a journey of faith, which involves turning away from all that is evil, turning towards Christ and becoming a member of the local and worldwide Christian family.

The Church of England has two authorized Baptism services.  One is taken from the 1662 Book of Common Prayer and is in 17th century English.

Most baptisms use a service in contemporary English, taken from Common Worship (2000).Baptism normally takes place as part of Sunday morning worship.  It is possible in some circumstances to arrange a baptism at other times


Confirmation enables a baptised person to confirm the promises made on his or her behalf at infant baptism. It is also a sign of full membership to the Christian community. In the Anglican Church the sacrament of confirmation is conferred through the laying of hands by a Bishop.  If a young person or adult is interested to be confirmed or baptised and confirmed we would be glad to prepare them for our annual confirmation services. 



Weddings
St. Peterís Church is a wonderful location for your wedding day. You may have already spent many hours as a couple with the family planning your wedding. There are so many things to think about - the dress, the cake, whom to invite, the honeymoon. All of these are important, but the wedding is just one day, while marriage should last for the rest of your lives.  Alongside the wedding preparations it is also important to spend time as a couple talking through your expectations of marriage. However much you think you have in common, you are still two separate individuals with different backgrounds, personalities, experiences, hopes and fears. The clergy taking your service will probably want to spend some time with you talking through these issues. This gives you an opportunity to think through possible areas of difficulty and how you will handle them as a couple. We hope that you have a wonderful wedding day and that it will mark the beginning of a long and very happy marriage.


Funerals. A funeral in Church is used to mark the end of a person's life here on earth and provide hope for after life.  Family and friends come together to express grief, give thanks for the life lived and commend the person into God's keeping. It 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. 


Family Sickness or Stress  St. Peterís is developing a network of people who are willing to visit the bereaved, those in hospital, people who are sick, stressed or lonely.  Please advise any of the Church representatives if this will help.

 

For enquiries about baptism, confirmation, weddings or funerals please contact the Rector in the first instance. You may wish to arrange for flowers from the St.Peterís Church flower guild, lit candles on the Church pillars, the choir to sing and/or the bells to ring.


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