Our Church office is based at Parish House, in Castle Road and is open from 9.15 am. to 12.45 pm., Mondays to Thursdays. Enquiries about Baptisms and Weddings should be made to our Church Administrator, in the Church Office. The Church office phone number is: 01723 500541 and the email address is: firstname.lastname@example.org
It’s a great thing for parents to want to have their child baptised – and there are two good questions parents may want to ask themselves when thinking about Baptism: First, are we intending to bring up our child in the Christian faith? Will we pray for our child, read the Bible with them and bring them to church? Second, do we appreciate that we will have to make some quite big – and specifically Christian – vows during the Baptism service?
There are three other, more practical, questions we need to ask about having our child baptised at St Mary’s with Holy Apostles: Do we attend either St Mary’s or Holy Apostles’ Church? Do we live in St Mary’s parish? Do we have a specific link with St Mary’s? If you’re not sure of your answer to these questions do e-mail our Church Administrator [at: email@example.com]. He may well be able to help.
Baptism preparation at St Mary’s works this way: First, there’s a need to book the Baptism with our Church Administrator [see contact details above]. Most Baptisms are at 1.00 pm. on Sundays. Our Administrator will know which dates are available. Second, there’s a Baptism application form to fill in and a Baptism preparation evening to attend at Parish House (in Castle Road), the entrance is next door to The Rainbow Centre. The evenings are very informal and helpful – and are usually held at 7.30 pm. on the first Wednesday of the month. Third, we ask parents to attend a couple of Sunday morning services between the Baptism preparation evening and the Baptism. We do hope this is clear – and that you enjoy all that’s involved in preparing for your child’s Baptism.
A wedding is one of life’s great moments, a time of solemn commitment as well as good wishes, feasting and joy. Jesus shared in a wedding at Cana, showing us that marriage is a sign of new beginnings as he turned water into wine.
Marriage is intended by God to be a creative relationship, as his blessing enables husband and wife to love and support each other in good times and in bad, and to share in the care and upbringing of children. That’s why marriage is based upon a solemn, public and life-long covenant between a man and a woman, declared and celebrated in the presence of God and before witnesses. Even better, for Christians, marriage is also an invitation to share life together in the spirit of Jesus Christ. By dwelling in us, God’s Spirit enables us to fulfill the promises that we make and provide the love our partners and surrounding family really need.
If you wish to be married at St Mary’s there are several questions you might want to think through:
First, are you looking for a Christian wedding, to be married in church and to make your vows before God? The service will include a statement about the Christian understanding of the purpose of marriage, a Bible reading and some prayers.
Second, do you qualify to be married at St. Mary’s?  Do you attend services at either St Mary’s or Holy Apostles?  Do you live in the parish? (use this link to see if you can be married at St Mary’s without proving a connection) Do you have a qualifying connection with St Mary’s? Our Administrator can tell you which connections qualify.
Having thought about these questions, you then need to enquire about getting married at St Mary’s, by phoning the Administrator one morning, Monday to Thursday on 01723 500541. He will need to ask you some questions and to see some ID (usually your current passport). If you qualify and wish to be married at St Mary’s there’s then an application form to complete and a £50 deposit to pay. (The £50 is then taken off the final account.) The Administrator will give you details of the fees – the wedding cost is fixed by the Church of England and will be approximately £550. He will then invite you to a wedding couples’ social at St Mary’s and give you the contact details of the minister who will conduct your wedding.
There will be several chances to meet the minister, who will talk the service through with you and answer any questions you may have about preparing for marriage. The minister will then arrange a mutually convenient date and time for a pre-wedding rehearsal. Whether or not you are married at St Mary’s we wish you a wonderful wedding day – and a very happy and lifelong marriage.
We’re so sorry that you are having to think about organising a Funeral. A Funeral can be quite difficult to arrange and there’s not always a great deal of time to make all the necessary arrangements. If you would like to arrange a Christian Funeral service at St Mary’s, or would like one of St Mary’s ministers to conduct a Christian Funeral at the Crematorium, do please contact us, at the Church Office, via the Funeral Director you have chosen. Your Funeral Director has made these arrangements before and will know how to contact us. Again, may we offer you our condolence at this very sad time.