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LIFE’S JOURNEY

‘And whatever you do, whether in word or in deed, do it in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.’

Colossians 3:17

Baptism

Baptism which is also called Christening, is the first step on a journey of faith which you may wish to take yourself or to start your child on their journey. You make promises about how you will learn more about living the Christian life and we promise to help you in that. So Baptism should take place in the Christian community where you will be helped and supported in the years to come. If you live in the parish or have connections with the church we are happy to talk to you about making arrangements for a Baptism either in the main service at 10am or in a separate service later on a Sunday. If you do not live in the parish we would expect you to speak to your local Vicar and ask their goodwill for the Baptism to happen here because it is your home parish that you will continuing your Christian journey.

Jesus answered, “Very truly I tell you, no one can enter the kingdom of God unless they are born of water and the Spirit.

John 3:5

 

Love is patient; love is kind; love is not envious or boastful or arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice in wrongdoing, but rejoices in the truth. It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.

1 Corinthians 13:4-7

Weddings

We are delighted that you are considering holding your wedding at St Oswald’s. However, there are some legal rules about whom we are allowed to marry.

At least one of you should satisfy one of the following conditions:
• Live in the parish
• Was baptised or prepared for confirmation in the parish
• Lived in the parish for at least six months at some time in your life
• Has been a regular worshipper at the church for at least six months now or in the past
OR
• Has a parent who lives in the parish now or has done for at least six months during your lifetime or has worshipped at the church
• Has a parent or grandparent who was themselves married in the church

You can find some useful information about being married in church at www.yourchurchwedding.org

If either one of you has been divorced there are some additional considerations before the wedding can be agreed. You can find guidance notes at Marriage After Divorce. Please read these and be ready to talk about it when you come to discuss your wedding.

If you would like to make arrangements to be married at St Oswald’s please contact the Vicar on 01937 573975 or rev.sylviaearle@gmail.com

Funerals

A funeral marks the end of a person’s life on earth.

Family and friends come together to express grief, give thanks for the life lived and to commend the person into God’s keeping.

Everyone who lives in the parish is entitled to a burial service or to have their ashes buried in the churchyard whether they went to church or not. You will probably want to contact a local funeral director who may make the practical arrangements with the Vicar. She will then arrange to come and talk to you about what you would like for the service either in church or at the crematorium.

The Lord is near to the broken-hearted,
and saves the crushed in spirit.

Psalm 34:18

And there will be no more night; they need no light of lamp or sun, for the Lord God will be their light, and they will reign for ever and ever.

Revelation 22:5

Headstones and gravemarkers

What headstones are allowed in a churchyard is laid down by the Chancellor of the Diocese. He delegates authority to the Vicar to permit stones which conform to certain rules. Anything else requires special permission from the Chancellor himself.

A monumental mason can advise you on this and make an application to the Vicar on your behalf for the design and wording you would prefer. In addition, there are restrictions as to what may be placed on a grave which are to enable the churchyard to be maintained properly.

A copy of the Churchyard Policy is available in the Policies section of this site.

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