Tim and Sue are most happy to talk to you about having your baby/child christened in any of our three churches. Most of our Christening services are held on a Sunday afternoon but we are occasionally asked to Christen a child in the main Sunday Holy Communion service and that is fine too. We prefer to only christen one child at a time (unless you have asked for siblings to be christened together!) so you and your family will not be part of a larger unfamiliar gathering.
You may want to find out more about the christening service before you speak to us. If you have any questions about the Baptism/Christening of your baby/child please follow the link below: https://www.churchofengland.org/life-events/christenings
Service of Thanksgiving for the Gift of a Child
There are also special services for families wishing to mark and celebrate the birth or adoption of a child but are not looking for baptism at this time. We are also happy to offer a service of thanksgiving-do speak to either Tim or Sue if this is something that you are looking for.
It may be that you were not Christened as a baby or young child-but it’s never too late! We also offer adult baptism and many parents think about this before having their own baby or child Christened. Again, the Church of England has all the information you need on their website (see below) but either Tim or Sue will be happy to explore this with you. www.churchofengland.org/life-events/adult-baptism
It is a very difficult and sad time when someone we love or have known for many years dies.
Every life is precious to God and Christians have always believed that there is life beyond death.
A funeral service is an important time. It helps us to acknowlege our loss and our sorrow, and to say farewell to the person who has died.
During a funeral service we have time to remember but also to remind ourselves of the promise of resurrection.
If you have recently lost someone close or would like to talk about a funeral service please contact:
Rev. Tim Platts (01206 866145) or Rev. Sue Howlett (01206 510732)
It’s important to say however, that getting married will give you a new legal status which will come with many benefits, but Tim and Sue will make sure your preparations for marriage conform to Church and UK civil law.
So, if you are thinking of getting married at St. Andrew’s, St Matthew’s or St Anne’s or have any questions about Church weddings, please do contact either Tim or Sue (see ‘contacts’) and we will be happy to talk with you.
For more information:
The link below provides lots of useful information for anyone planning a wedding, from all the legal proceedings as well as hymn and music options:
We look forward to meeting you and helping you plan for your wedding day!