We love to celebrate, and whatever your reason, be it getting married or a baptism, we want to help. Below you will find more information on Marriage and Baptism. We are also here when life is not so great, to help where we can with our pastoral care team.
We know we’re biased but we think that the church is a great place to get married! Not only is the setting beautiful but there is something good about making your vows before God as well as friends and family. We want to do everything we can to make your wedding the best it can be and to support you before, during and after the day. If you are interested in getting married at St Mary Magdalen please contact our parish administrator who will arrange for one of the clergy to meet with you. As the day approaches, we will help you to plan and rehearse the service and to prepare for your new life together as husband and wife. Whether you decide to have your wedding in church or not, we think it’s very good that you are planning to get married and we would like to support you in any way we can before and after the day.
Here are some questions people often have about getting married in church.
Who can get married at St Mary Magdalen?
- Lives or has ever lived in the parish for six months or more. See the parish boundary here
- Has ever worshipped regularly at St Mary Magdalen for six months or more.
- Was baptised or confirmed at St Mary Magdalen.
- Has parents who have lived in the parish in your lifetime.
- Has parents who have ever worshipped regularly at St Mary Magdalen.
- Has parents or grandparents who were married at St Mary Magdalen.
Do you have to have been baptised to get married in church?
How much does it cost?
A full church wedding including organist and choir costs £605 in 2015.
What if I’m divorced?
It is still sometimes possible to get married in church so please talk to the vicar.
There’s more information about church weddings at www.yourchurchwedding.org
For the last 2000+ years the church has been baptising (or ‘christening’) those who decide to join with others in following Jesus Christ. Christian baptism is rich in symbols. Water is the most important, as it’s both cleansing and life-giving. It represents God’s washing of us and his gift of new (spiritual) life in Jesus. Many churches, including the Church of England, baptise the children of those who follow Jesus and we are no exception. We like to conduct baptisms as part of our main service on a Sunday morning when the church family joins to worship God together. Generally we offer baptism on the first Sunday of the month at our 10am service. We would love to welcome you and your family and friends to this. If you would like to have your child baptised – or be baptised yourself – we’d love to hear from you. Please contact our parish administrator who will arrange for one of the clergy to meet with you to talk through the service.
The heart of pastoral care embodies our Church’s vision to express our love and care for one another; this is a shared and united ministry. In addition, we have a dedicated pastoral team who are trained to provide pastoral care for all members of the Church community. They come alongside those with pastoral and spiritual needs to listen, support, encourage, befriend and offer prayer. They encourage and nurture people in their relationship with God and those who are searching. They take Communion to those who are housebound and hold monthly Communion services in the local care homes. Two of our members also help with the children, young people and their families, providing pastoral oversight. Our pastoral co-ordinator can be contacted here.