Baptisms Weddings & Funerals
Baptisms

St Stephen’s welcomes babies and children as well as adults for baptism. If you are thinking of getting your baby baptised, then the first step is to contact the Parish Office who will take your details and let you know when our next Baptism Open Evening is.  This is an informal evening where you can find out more about baptism and ask any questions you might have.

Baptism represents a commitment to the Christian faith and parents and godparents of children to be baptised must be baptised themselves. As parent and godparents you will be asked to declare your belief and trust in God and also make promises to bring you child/ godchild up within the Christian faith.

The Church of England is made up of parishes and it is a requirement of baptism that you and/or your child be baptised at your local parish church. Alternatively, you may receive baptism if you are on St Stephen’s church electoral roll or have attended church for six months or more.

If a child is 4 years or older, he or she will need to attend Sunday Clubs for at least six months in order to learn something of the Christian faith before being baptised. Adults coming for baptism will also need to have a commitment to faith.

Parents, and adults who wish to be baptised, will be invited to attend a Preparation Evening in church.  The dates of the Preparation Evening and the baptism service are usually agreed at the Open Evening. 

 

The baptism service used is in contemporary English and taken from the Church of England service of Holy Baptism.

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Funerals - Burials and Cremations

A funeral is used to mark the end of a person's life here on earth. Family and friends come together to express grief, give thanks for the life lived and commend the person into God's keeping. These can be a small, quiet ceremony or a large occasion in a packed church.

 

Everyone is entitled to either a burial service (funeral) or to have their ashes buried in the local cemetary by their local parish priest regardless of whether they attended church or not. Contact the church office or the vicar for more information.

 

St Stephen's Church doesn't have a churchyard, but Medway Council have an alternative place of burial off Maidstone Road, Chatham and the vicar or a lay minister can carry out the service there instead of the church or at the Blue Bell Hill Crematorium.

 

This section includes information from the Church of England Website on planning a funeral and the funeral service. Plus a selection of comforting psalms and prayers.

 
Weddings

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 St Stephen's Church. For such a special day, we offer a special place.

There are some great things about marrying in church that you might like to know. All you need to help you plan a personal, meaningful, spiritual and beautiful church wedding can be found on the Church of England weddings web site: www.yourchurchwedding.org

Please contact the Vicar or parish office to enquire about holding your wedding at St Stephen's Church.

We wish you every blessing for your forthcoming marriage.
 


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