Baptism, Marriage, Funerals

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We hold various special services to remember important life events, such as the birth, marriage and death of members of our church and local community.

Births

The birth of a child is a very special moment in our lives and as we look at Jesus’ life and teaching he says, ‘let the little children come to me.’ At Holy Trinity Church we love to celebrate with a family the birth of a baby and we do this in two ways:

Infant Baptism

For parents who are attending church, openly profess the Christian faith, and desire to follow Jesus and bring their child up in the Christian faith, we are happy to celebrate this faith by baptising their baby. A special service of infant baptism happens during the 10:30am service, and is special as the parents and godparents thank God for his gift of life and make promises that they will bring up their child in the love and nurture of Jesus Christ with the support of the church family.

Thanksgiving Service

A special Thanksgiving Service is another way that we celebrate the birth of a baby at Holy Trinity. It is more suited to those who are not yet ready to make the promises in baptism, who wish to celebrate their child’s birth with prayer and thanksgiving. The ceremony is incorporated into our Sunday morning service at 10:30am and is a wonderful opportunity for family and friends to gather and give thanks for the child, to pray for them, and to receive a children’s bible chosen for the occasion.

Weddings

If you live in our parish and have not been married before, you have a legal right to be married in this, your parish church. Marriage in church is a very special occasion where you make joyful promises to the one you love in front of your family and friends and in the presence of the living God. Marriage is a wonderful blessing and we would love to help make this truly a most special day for you.

If you have been married before, please speak to the Vicar. It may still be possible for you to be married in the church, but there are a number of guidelines the church needs to follow.

If you don’t live in our parish, but have links with Holy Trinity for example a parent or grandparent who live in the area, or if you were baptised or confirmed at Holy Trinity you may still be able to married here.

Banns of marriage

It is a legal requirement that a couple’s intention to marry be announced at the main service on three consecutive Sunday’s during the three months before the wedding. Known as “publishing the banns”, this must be done in the respective parishes of residence of bridge and groom, as well as in the church in which they are to be married.

Preparing for marriage

As you prepare for marriage, we would love to meet with you to encourage you as you prepare for married life. If you would like to meet with one of our team please contact the office.

Wedding Receptions at Holy Trinity

We have had a number of wonderful wedding receptions held in the Trinity Centre. We would be delighted to host your wedding reception and can offer a professional service and a very affordable price for your special day. We have seen the centre completely transformed for a reception party, and we can provide sound facilities for music and the “all important speeches!” See our venue page for more information.

 

Funerals

The Church of England is committed to providing caring, sensitive support through the local parish church to everyone grieving the death of a loved one. The Vicar Stephen Coe and others on the staff team are ready to conduct the service, whether in Holy Trinity or at the crematorium or cemetery.

We aim to uphold family members in our prayers and are available with bereavement support if requested. The office makes the initial arrangements for the service. We welcome your enquiries.

For more information about our services, please contact Verity Handley in the church office. For more information about the hire of the venue, please see our facilities page or contact Davina.

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