Baptisms – also known as Christenings
Baptism is a sign of initiation into the Christian faith and entry into membership of the Church.
At St Wilfrid’s we welcome the baptism of infants whose parents are willing to express faith in Jesus Christ. Baptisms usually take place during our 11.15am service on the first Sunday of the month, where we welcome families and guests to join our regular congregation of all ages. We are also pleased to offer thanksgivings for infants (see below).
We also celebrate adult baptism, where those being baptised are given the opportunity to give a personal testimony of faith in Jesus Christ.
Find out more about baptisms/christenings in the Church of England at churchofenglandchristenings.org
If you would like to know more about baptism at St Wilfrid’s, please contact the Church Office.
We welcome families who would like to give thanks for their new baby before God, their families and friends and the Church.
Thanksgivings are becoming more common for those parents who would like to mark the wonder of a new arrival in the family but feel that in all conscience they cannot express faith in Jesus Christ.
Please contact the Church Office for more information about thanksgiving services.
Weddings are always a time for celebration at St Wilfrid’s. We welcome couples who live in the parish, as well as those who are members of the congregation or on the electoral roll or have some connection through parents, previous residence, or baptism at St Wilfrid’s.
St Wilfrid’s can comfortably seat over 200.
Marrying in church is personal, meaningful, spiritual and beautiful, just as you want it to be. Getting married in church has just got easier thanks to a change in the law. Find out more at yourchurchwedding.org
If you are interested in getting married at St Wilfrid’s then please contact the Church Office.
The loss of a loved one can be a time of great grief, shock, stress, and sometimes anger. Holding a funeral in a Christian church can be an opportunity to express some of those emotions in the context of a loving community, and receive support at a lonely and difficult time.
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.
The first step in organising a funeral is to contact a funeral director, who will make all the practical arrangements on your behalf. If you would like one of the clergy at St Wilfrid’s to conduct the funeral service of your loved one, either at Church or a Crematorium, or if you’d like to hold the service here, please contact the Church Office or speak with your funeral director.
Please visit churchofenglandfunerals.org for more information about how the Church of England can support you.
Burial of Ashes in our Garden of Remembrance
St Wilfrid’s Garden of Remembrance was consecrated by the Bishop of Portsmouth to be a fitting place for the Burial of Ashes and where families and friends can remember their loved ones. We diligently care for the garden, which is an important part of helping families in their bereavement and loss.
Please contact the Church Office for more information about the Burial of Ashes in our Garden of Remembrance.