Weddings

The marriage law will allow you to get married in a church:

  • if you were baptised in the parish or confirmed from the parish

  • if you or any of your parents or step parents

  • lived in the parish for 6 months at any time

  • or habitually worshipped in the church for 6 months at any time

  • if any of your parents or grandparents were married in the parish. 


The Church of England website has a useful FAQ section
www.cofe.anglican.org/lifeevents/weddings

Useful Documents to help you plan your wedding at St Andrew's:
Click here for the application to hold a marriage ceremony at St Andrew's
Click here for a booking form
Click here for information on the reading of banns
Click here for information on parking
Click here for the table of parochial fees 2017
Click here for flower notes for brides
Click here for Music Director's Fees
 

Funerals

A funeral is used to mark the end of a person's life here on earth. Family and friends come together to express grief, give thanks for the life lived and commend the person into God's keeping. These can be a small, quiet ceremony or a large occasion in a packed church.

If you wish to arrange a funeral please speak to the vicar, Dan Heyward.
 

Confirmation


Confirmation marks the point in the Christian journey at which the participation in the life of God’s people which began at baptism is confirmed by the bishop by the laying on of hands, and in which those who have been baptised affirm for themselves the faith into which they have been baptised and their intention to live a life of responsible and committed discipleship. Through prayer and the laying on of hands by the confirming bishop, the Church also asks God to give them power through the Holy Spirit to enable them to live in this way.

Most years at St Andrew's we hold a Confirmation Service for all those wanting to make a public declaration of their faith in Jesus. We have a mixture of young and old and all are welcome to join us.

(For those who have not already been baptised as children, this service also offers the chance to be baptised, prior to being confirmed in the same service. For those who have been baptised as infants and who would value the chance to reaffirm their baptismal vows prior to confirmation, the service also offers that opportunity.) 
 
Confirmation is a significant declaration and so we provide plenty of opportunity for those considering it to check out fully whether it’s for them via a four-week course, which also includes time to discuss the service on a one-to-one basis with a member of the clergy team. Anyone can come along to the course and attending the course does not necessarily mean that you would go forward for confirmation – it’s a way of being able to discuss and investigate what your faith means to you in an informal and relaxed setting.
 
The course usually takes place over four weeks. In the first week we will look at the core message of the Good News of Jesus and how baptism and confirmation help us to celebrate that publicly. Weeks two and three allow opportunity to consider the questions which arise from this Good News, in terms of belief and lifestyle – these sessions are particularly shaped by the questions raised by those attending the course. The fourth week allows us chance to discuss with each person whether and how it might be best to proceed and to talk about the service itself in detail.
 
If you are considering being confirmed do speak to or email one of the clergy or the youth department.

The next confirmation service is 27th November 2016 at 6pm.

Click here for an application form and return to Jules Hodges.


 
Jules Hodges, 06/03/2013