Baptism at Great St Mary’s
Baptism marks the beginning of a life-long journey with God. Baptism, sometimes called a Christening, is an outward step we make in response to God’s love for us — love which Christians believe is shown in the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Baptism is a joyful moment for all involved — for the baptised, parents, godparents and sponsors, as well as for wider community, church and friends, who welcome the newly baptised and offer prayers and support for the future.
If you are thinking about baptism for either yourself or for your child, please contact our Vicar, John Binns
And do please come to a service at Great St Mary’s, to familiarise yourself with the worship and the people so that you feel at home!
For more information on planning a baptism, please visit the Church of England Christening website.
Getting Married at Great St Mary’s
A church is so much more than simply a venue for your wedding. Marrying in a church provides a spiritual dimension to your wedding, and connects your relationship to an entire community of prayer. You can learn more about weddings in the Church of England Guidelines at www.yourchurchwedding.org.
Because getting married gives you a whole new legal status with many benefits, there are considerations to make in both UK civil and church law. We would first need to clarify whether or not you are legally eligible to get married at Great St Mary’s or St. Michael’s (Michaelhouse), by virtue of at least one you fulfilling one of three requirements:
- You live in the parish
- You are on the electoral roll of the church
- You have a special connection with the church, such as having a close family member who has worshipped here over the years.
There are further regulations if
- One or both of you is a national from a country that is outside the European Economic Area.
- If one or both of you has been married before, there may well be a way forward for you to be re-married in church but the vicar has certain considerations in these circumstances.
If you are not eligible for a wedding service at the parish, it is possible that you could have a service of blessing and dedication at Great St Mary’s after a civil wedding elsewhere. It is not permitted for same-sex couples to marry in the Church of England.
Please contact us to learn more and to speak with a member of the clergy about your wedding.
You can also download the complete guidelines for Getting Married at Great St Mary’s
For more help and guidance on planning you wedding, please visit the Church of England Wedding website