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Life Events - Baptisms, Weddings & Funerals

Baptism & Confirmation

In baptism, parents thank God for his gift of life, make a decision to start the child on the journey of faith and ask for the Church's support. Confirmation marks the point in the Christian journey when you affirm the faith into which you were baptised

Attached is a presentation made at the March 2015 Synod relating to the Baptisms and Funerals Project, an Archbishops' Council project.

Read more on Church of England website

A series of three short videos explaining baptism (produced by one of our vicars) can be found here

Admission to Holy Communion before Confirmation

For pastoral and theological reasons, children and adults may be admitted to receive Holy Communion proir to confirmation

For more information and advice please contact Susan Witts (Children's Work Adviser) on 01254 503070 ext 222

Weddings

Today more than a quarter of all marriages in England take place before God in the traditional setting of a Church of England church. You're welcome to marry in church whatever your beliefs, whether or not you are baptised and whether or not you go to church

Read more on Church of England website

Funerals

A funeral marks the close of a human life on earth. It is the opportunity for friends and family to express their grief, to give thanks for the life which has now completed its journey in this world

Read more on Church of England website

And find out more about 'GraveTalk', a new Church of England initiative to help people talk more easily about death and dying, here.

Bereavement and Loss

Cruse Bereavement Care exists to promote the well-being of bereaved people and to enable anyone bereaved by death to understand their grief and cope with their loss

 

Family’s Bereaved Parents’ Network. More than anything, we want you to know that you’re not on your own

 

Foundation for the Study of Infant Deaths (FSID) is the UK's leading baby charity working to prevent sudden deaths and promote health. FSID funds research, supports bereaved families and promotes safe baby care advice

 

If I should die... is aimed at everyone, whether they are considering their own death, coping with the death of a loved one, arranging a funeral, thinking about making a will or just needing some comforting words to help write a letter to a bereaved friend or family member

 

Stillbirth & Neonatal Death Society (Sands). Supporting anyone affected by the death of a baby and promoting research to reduce the loss of babies' lives

 

The Compassionate Friends (TCF) is an organisation of bereaved parents and their families offering understanding, support and encouragement to others after the death of a child or children

 

The Compassionate Friends Sibling Support. Understanding how you are feeling can help you begin to process some of your feelings as well as enable you to communicate these feelings to people who want to help you

 

The Miscarriage Association provides support and information for those suffering the effects of pregnancy loss

 

The Way Foundation. Support for those who are bereaved and young - from people who know. When you're widowed young, friends and family may have no idea what you're going through. But every member of WAY understands - we've all lost a partner too

 

Winston's Wish is the leading childhood bereavement charity and the largest provider of services to bereaved children, young people and their families in the UK. We offer practical support and guidance to families, professionals and anyone concerned about a grieving child. We believe that the right support at the right time can enable young people to live with their grief and rebuild positive futures

 
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