Baptisms and Weddings

Weddings

Welcome to the Arrowvale group of Churches.
If you are recently engaged, congratulations, we would be delighted to conduct your wedding for you in one of our five beautiful churches.
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 him for help and guidance and we ask for God’s blessing on your marriage and future together. This does not mean you have to be a church goer to marry in church.

At the wedding ceremony  you will make amazing vows to each other. These vows, made in public, will help you to stay together and grow together. God and your church are there for you to help you keep your vows. Churches have been the place where these vows have been made for hundreds of years. Imagine all the couples who have married in your local church, some of whom may well be your family. You may feel you’re becoming part of history itself, the bigger plan, by marrying in the same place as your relatives. These sorts of connections can make your day even more special.

Anna, the Rector, would be delighted to help you make your wedding personal, memorable, meaningful and beautiful.

There is an online ceremony planner to help you in making choices about your ceremony. https://www.yourchurchwedding.org

This site will also answer any questions you might have such as:
I don’t go to church can I still get married in one? Can I remarry after a divorce? Can our children join in the ceremony?

The Rector will also be pleased to answer any of your questions.
Rev’d Anna abranston2002@gmail.com
07777692458

And after your wedding, you’ll realise that a church is more than simply another wedding venue. We’ll always be here for you.

Baptisms


Thank you for enquiring about Baptism. It is always a pleasure to baptise children, and indeed, adults.

Christian Baptism (often called ‘Christening’) is a Service in which parents and Godparents make solemn promises to God and to the Church. When deciding on Godparents aim to ask people who will help your child grow in the Christian faith, and be good examples and friends to them in the years to come. It is traditional to have three Godparents, (two women and a man for a girl and two men and a woman for a boy); although more are possible.  Godparents must be baptised, and parents can also act as Godparents if desired.

We all need to appreciate the responsibilities we are undertaking, and we want to help parents and Godparents understand the Baptism Service, the promises they will make and their Christian commitment. At baptism your child will be ‘welcomed into the fellowship of faith, as we are all children of the same heavenly Father’.

We can also offer a thanksgiving service, giving thanks to God for the miracle of birth, blessing and publicly naming your child and praying for the whole family. This service does not include any Baptismal promises.

If you would like to go ahead with Baptism or thanksgiving, do contact me Rev’d Anna abranston2002@gmail.com 07777692458 to discuss dates and what the service entails.
You can find out more about baptism at https://churchofenglandchristenings.org