Congratulations on your engagement. If you live in the parish and have not been married before, you have a right to be married in the parish church.
If you don’t live in the Barrow Benefice, you still might be able to be married in one of the parish churches. There are guidelines that allow you to marry in the benefice if you were baptised in the parish, had at any time residence in the parish for at least six months, have attended public worship in the parish for at least six months, have a parent who has a residence in the parish for at least six months. Contact the churchwaden to find out if you are still able to marry in one of the parish churches even if you are not living at the time of your wedding in one of the parishes.
If you have been married before, talk to one of the PTO clergy (see Who’s Who). As long as certain guidelines are followed, you may still be able to be married in church.
During the vacancy contact the churchwarden of the church where you want to have your wedding. The churchwarden will book your wedding date, arrange for the banns of marriage to be read and find a clergy person to officiate at your wedding. In the meantime do look at the Church of England’s wedding website for helpful information about readings, music, vows and fees – http://www.yourchurchwedding.org
Losing someone you love is heart-breaking. Your loved one does not have to be a member of the parish church for someone from the ministry team to take their funeral. All you need to do is ask your funeral director to contact us and one of us will come to see you and will ensure that the funeral reflects the life of the person who has died and brings comfort and hope to those left to mourn.
You can also look at the Church of England’s funeral website for helpful information – http://www.churchofenglandfunerals.org
Baptism is the beginning of one’s Christian journey. Baptism also marks our identity as a Christian and is the event in which we welcome your child into the Church. If you live in the parish, we would love to be part of this important service.
Baptisms can take place during a service or at another time. We appreciate that getting all the family members together for an early service is not always possible because of the distance some need to travel. Ideally a baptism takes place at an All Together-All Age Service.
Do contact the churchwarden of the church where the baptism is to take place to arrange a date. The churchwarden will find a clergy person to take the service. There is no fee for a baptism.
You can also look at the Church of England’s christening website for helpful information – http://www.churchofenglandchristenings.org