In baptism, we thank God for his gift of life and publicly acknowledge his love. In the Anglican Church it is common to baptise young children; this is sometimes known as christening. Baptism is a ‘sacrament’ (holy ritual to symbolise grace) in the Christian tradition that is traced back to Jesus himself being baptised in the river Jordan. Read more »
Weddings, christenings, confirmations and funerals
Faith is often linked to significant life events. Faith questions are asked and new insights and commitments emerge within us and our communities.
There are many milestones in life that we love to mark with a special celebration. Many of these include our faith milestones from Baptism to Confirmation. Celebrating the birth of a child with a baptism, getting married, and marking the end of a life with a funeral are important moments for families. Confirmation is a way of marking a new stage in Christian faith. The Church of England welcomes you to celebrate these moments in church.
Fees for these special services, which are set nationally each year, can be downloaded here.
Confirmation marks the point in the Christian journey at which you affirm for yourself the faith into which you have been baptized and your intention to live a life of committed discipleship. This affirmation is confirmed through prayer and the laying on of hands by the confirming bishop. The Church also asks God to give you power through the Holy Spirit to enable you to live in the way of Jesus. Read more »
Today more than a quarter of all marriages in England take place before God in the traditional setting of a Church of England church. You’re welcome to marry in church whatever your beliefs, whether or not you are baptised and whether or not you go to church. Couples can marry in their local church or a church with which they have a connection. Read more »