Baptisms, Weddings, Funerals
Blessings and Baptisms (Christenings)
If you are interested in having a child christened (baptised) at St. John's, our policy is that we start with offering a blessing, which will take place as part of the main Sunday service at 10.30am, usually on the first Sunday of the month as arranged. Family and friends are welcome to attend and at the right moment in the service, parents, child and sponsors come up to the front and the child receives a blessing.
To find out more and/or arrange a date we ask you to attend a Sunday morning service and then speak to either Tim, the Vicar, or Stuart, the Assistant Minister afterwards. You will need to either live in our parish or be a member of the church. If you aren't certain whether your address is in our parish then do contact the office and we can confirm that for you.
Weddings and Banns
There are a number of legal requirements to meet before a couple can get married in St. John's, the first being your need to have a connection with the Church, either through living in the parish, being a member of the church or having a 'qualifying connection' through your family that meets the requirements in law.
If you are interested in getting married here the best thing to do is either attend a Sunday morning service and then speak to Tim, the Vicar or Stuart, the Assistant Minister after the service or contact the office and we can pass on your details to them so you can get in touch and discuss it further.
If you are getting married in another Church of England Church but live in our parish or are a member of our church, you will probably need to have your Banns, an announcement of your intention to marry, read at St. John's. They need to be read during the service on three Sundays before your wedding, so it is better to give us plenty of time to do this. To arrange this please contact the office. We will need both your full names, your addresses and the date of your wedding. We can let you know when the banns will be read and we do encourage you to attend the services.
If you want to arrange a funeral, either with one of our ministers leading the cremation or burial service or if you are interested in having a service in church first, please start by getting in touch with a Funeral Director and they will contact us to arrange the details on your behalf.