BAPTISM (CHRISTENING) IN THE MID-LOES BENEFICE.
If you would like to be baptised or have your child baptised, the first step is to phone the Rector on 01728 685308, but the following may also be of help.
Can I have my child baptised in one of the churches in the Mid Loes Benefice?
If you live in the benefice or are on the electoral roll of one of the churches, then yes. If you live outside the benefice it may be possible, but you would have to have a good reason, and it would require the permission of the priest whose parish you live in.
Who will conduct the baptism?
Normally the Rector
Which Sunday would it happen on?
It depends on the rota of services. The more flexible you are about the particular church and the date, the sooner it is likely to happen. Baptisms are always held during a main service in the morning or evening.
Is there any preparation?
Both parents will be asked to come to the Rectory for about half-an-hour at a mutually convenient time. You will need a baby-sitter.
Any other requirements?
You will need to find two or three godparents, at least one of whom must have been Confirmed.
So how do I start things off?
Either ring the Rector (see above) or download a form from this website.
WEDDINGS IN THE MID-LOES BENEFICE
You may like to visit the Church of England's national WEDDINGS WEBSITE
If you would like to get married in one of the Mid Loes Benefice churches, please contact the Rector on 01728 685308. The following may also be helpful:
If you live in the benefice or are on the electoral roll of one of the churches, and neither of you has been married before, then you can get married in one of the benefice churches. There are also other 'qualifying connections':
If you were baptised in the benefice
If you were prepared for confirmation in the benefice
If you or your parent have ever lived in the benefice for six months
If you or your parent have ever habitually attended public worship in the benefice for six months
If your parent or grandparent was married in the parish
If either of you has been married before and has a former spouse still living, you will need to discuss this with the Rector.
Dates for weddings are negotiable. Please discuss your plans with him before making any firm bookings for your reception. Weddings are normally conducted by the Rector, on a mutually convenient date.
To begin the process, you will be asked to attend an interview at the Rectory.