CHRISTENINGS, WEDDINGS AND FUNERALS
It can seem that there is a lot to organize for a christening, or baptism as it is sometimes called. But remember the important thing is that you and your family are there on the day to see your child baptized at their christening.
Have a look at what will happen in the service and the words that you will be saying. The step by step guide to the service may help.
It’s a great idea to go along to church or to a church toddler group before the day so you can meet some of the people. Some of them might be thinking about having a christening too, or have already had their child christened.
Take the opportunity to go along when your church invites you to find out more about having your child baptized at the christening.
Enjoy the party – a key part of the day is being with family and friends.
Think about what you and your child are going to wear. Many parents like their child to have a traditional christening gown, but it’s not compulsory and there may be a special outfit that they’d be more comfortable in – that’s fine. Like any celebration event, many families like to dress up for the occasion too. There are no hard and fast rules – choose what you’ll be happy and comfortable wearing on the day.
Get in touch with your godparents and tell them what will be happening. They might like to know about this website.
Don’t forget photos – your child will be able to look back on them when they’re older and talk to you about what their christening means.
Why not take a few moments to think about your child and your family. Ask God to be close to all of you as you start this amazing journey of faith. You might like to pop into church to light a candle and say a prayer.
For more information on Christenings at All Saints Headley, contact Olwen, our Parish Administrator at
If All Saints, Headley is your local parish church or if you have another legally-recognised connection with it, we'd love to hear from you to discuss your plans for marriage. To find out more about connections that enable you to marry in a particular church, see the Church of England's weddings website for more details. Couples choose a church wedding for all sorts of reasons. Find out more about how you can too.
Special Day, Special Place
Getting married is one of the biggest
decisions you’ll take in life. There are some things about marrying in church that make that big moment extra special:
- A church wedding will add a spiritual dimension to your marriage. God’s blessing is the main attraction for many couples, whatever their beliefs.
- You can make amazing vows, or promises, in a church. These vows, made in public, will help you to stay together and grow together.
- Our Rector, Andrew, has a very particular role to play in your wedding, blending ancient tradition and modern experience to reflect your story. Because of the relationship with the Rector, your wedding can be made personal, memorable, meaningful and beautiful. For more information about getting married at All Saints Headley, click this link.
- Church buildings offer outstanding beauty. Old or new, intimate or grand, and All Saints offers a stunning wedding venue, with its ancient, intimate building and historic Lychgate. The churchyard offers many opportunities for fabulous wedding photographs with plenty of room for all your guests.
- Church buildings offer centuries of history. You can feel you’re becoming part of history itself by marrying in the same place as your relatives.
- You can be involved in making choices about your ceremony. You can even use an online ceremony planner to get you started. For some people, a church simply seems like the proper place to get married. Churches can be described as 'peaceful', 'serene', or having an atmosphere that makes marrying there a particularly special experience.
You do not need to have been christened and you do not need to be attending regularly to choose a church wedding. The Church of England's weddings website tells you more about this at www.yourchurchwedding.org
Christians believe that each and every person is uniquely made in the image of God. So a Church of England funeral is a good place to give thanks for all that was special about the person you knew and loved.
A Church of England funeral can be held in a place that you choose – whether a church, a crematorium or a green burial ground.
It can also include unique details, whether that is what people wear, the music that is played, readings that are chosen or simply a photograph at the front. Talk to our Rector, Andrew, about the person you want to give thanks for and work out what is possible.
The prayers at a funeral can also reflect a unique life. They could include prayers for work or a hobby that has been important, for those who have cared during a final illness and for family members by name. They can be led by the Rector or by someone amongst family or friends who is at ease leading prayers in public.
For more information on Funerals at All Saints Headley, contact Olwen, our Parish Administrator at