The church is with you at every stage of life. The continual cycle of life form birth through to death is marked by what are known as the Occasional Offices: Baptisms, Weddings and Funerals. To find out more about these specifically, please follow the links in the menu bar. You can also find all sorts of helpful information on the Life Events section of the Church of England website.
You may be interested to know that the church also helps and supports each of us in between these major steps. Coming of age can be marked by Confirmation, where an individual declares for themselves the promises made on their behalf at baptism. New Christians who are adults will want to mark their membership with adult baptism and confirmation.
Married life can be challenging and the church works hard to encourage loving and lasting relationships, to provide a place for harmony and can provide services that mark a reconciliation. Believe it or not, most marriages do last, often for many decades. The church is there to celebrate with couples and can mark the occasion with services of renewal of vows and rededication. But we are also there when marriages break-down and do what we can to prayerfully support couples through difficult times.
The home and places of learning and work are also important to us. And the church can be in those places too. We will bless homes and offices. In this benefice we support a church and a state primary school in corporate worship and learning about faith.
There is no substitute for human contact. So we do our very best to encourage people to come together in fellowship as often as possible. Our regular services in the benefice on Sundays and Wednesdays build-up and sustain Christians in their faith and to meet and share that faith with others. We also run study groups from time to time and will arrange home visits on request.