Life Events

The church seeks to support people at every stage of their journey of life and faith. Some of the stages of this journey are marked by special services including baptism, confirmation, Holy Communion, marriage, blessings, and funerals:


Baptism marks the beginning of a journey with God which continues for the rest of our lives, the first step in response to God’s love. If you are thinking about bringing your child for baptism, you can download our baptism leaflet. Older baptism candidates (either older children or adults) are also very welcome, and we make special arrangements for their preparation. Please do contact the vicar for any further information about baptism, or to arrange a date. Email  

You can also download our Baptism Handout for parents. Please click HERE to view or print it.

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Confirmation Preparation

We are always pleased to prepare people for confirmation. If you feel that the time has come to make your permanent commitment to live the Christian life, please contact us. If you are not sure, but would like to know more about the Christian faith, or to deepen your faith, you may enjoy joining a ‘foundations’ group; again, please do contact the vicar for more information. Email  


If you are thinking about a church wedding at St Mary’s please do download our wedding information booklet, which will tell you much of what you need to know in the first instance. Then, please contact the vicar to enquire about dates and arrangements. Email  

You can also download our marriage preparation booklet. Please click HERE to view or print it.

House Blessings

Moving into a new house is a big event in family life. Having your new house blessed can make it really feel like ‘home’ - if you would like a house blessing please contact the vicar. Email  

Home Communion

There is a monthly Holy Communion service at Hardwick Dene, and members of the Ministry Team also visit those who wish to receive communion at home and are not able to come to Church. If you are in this position, or if you know of a member of the Church who is, please contact Ann Arran. Email  


The Clergy are always willing to conduct funerals for members of the congregation and for people who were living in the parish. The arrangements are usually made through one of the local undertakers. Funerals may take place in the Church (followed by burial at the Cemetery or by cremation) or wholly at the Crematorium (which may be followed by the interment of ashes in the Churchyard or Cemetery). We are very happy to discuss funeral arrangements well in advance of the event, and we have a leaflet available which sets out the choices that need to be made when planning a funeral. We are always available to pray with the sick and the dying, and ask families to remember the peace that this can bring. Please contact the vicar or another member of the ministry team if you or a member of your family would like to receive a visit from one of the clergy. Email  

We come together in church to worship God, to hear His word and to share the Good news of Jesus,
receiving forgiveness and renewal through His death and resurrection.

We are sent out from church to live as Christian disciples, showing love to others
and living out our faith in all we think, say and do.

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