Ceremonies

As an integral part of parish life in Christchurch today, Holy Trinity provides for all aspects of your spiritual needs.

If you would like further information about any of the ceremonies which can be conducted at the church, please contact the Parish Office , telephone number is 01633 431068 

Baptism

From the earliest days of the Christian Church, Baptism has been the way in which people become Christians and members of the Church. The Gospels tell us that Jesus himself was baptised by John the Baptist in the River Jordan and that Jesus taught his disciples to go out into the world and baptise. Jesus teaches his people that all who would enter his kingdom must be born again of water and the Spirit. Baptism is the sign and seal of this new birth.

The Font

The Font

Confirmation

In the Early Church those who were entering the Christian faith were baptised and confirmed at the same service. After a time, the Church in the West separated baptism and confirmation except in the case of adults. Infants are normally baptised and the promises made on their behalf by parents and godparents who promise that they will teach them the Christian faith and when old enough encourage them to make a personal commitment and be confirmed by the bishop.

At a Service of Confirmation today there are often candidates of all ages and some will already have been baptized whilst others will be baptized and confirmed at the same service. We are seeing an increasing number of adults coming for confirmation and there is no upper age limit.

Marriage

The introduction to the Church in Wales Marriage Service describes marriage as a gift from God. The Bible teaches that marriage is a life-long, faithful union between a man and a woman

and compares married love with the love Jesus has for his people – a love expressed in his willing sacrifice of himself on the cross.

You have a right to be married in your local parish church.

The law requires that at least one of those to be married should:

  • reside in the parish where the wedding is to take place, or
  • be a regular worshipper in the parish and to have your name entered on the church electoral roll, or
  • have a ‘qualifying connection’. A ‘qualifying connection’ as described in the Marriage (Wales) Act 2010 is that you were baptised or confirmed in the parish, that you or a parent formally lived for at least six months in the parish, that you or a parent formerly habitually attended worship in the parish for at least six months or that a parent or grandparent had been married in the parish.

If you are under the age of eighteen, you must have your parents’ consent to marry.

There are special guidelines on church marriage if you have been divorced.

Please speak to the Priest in Charge if you have any questions.

You can contact him during office hours (unless it is an emergency) and his telephone number is on the home page.

Funerals

The loss of a loved one can be a difficult time, and your Parish Priest is there to offer help, comfort and support.

Funeral services usually include the remembering of the person who has died, usually readings from the Bible, prayers (relating to the deceased person and to their family and friends) and hymns or other music.

Interment of cremated remains can also be arranged with the Priest in Charge.

 

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