The Church of St Peter and St Paul, Barnby Dun

Life Events


We would be delighted if you were married in our beautiful church.
First, congratulations! Marriage is a gift from God and we are always delighted to be able to help with the arrangements and planning for your special service in our church.
There are many things to plan and organise and so we hope this guide offers some help.
However, please do contact us if you would like any further information or have any questions.

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Before you can marry in church your Banns must be published, or called, as this is currently a legal requirement. If both of you live on the parishes of Barnby Dun, then we will arrange everything for you.However, if either of you live outside the parishes then you will need to arrange to have your Banns published in your local church too. The minister there will then issue a Banns Certificate which is required before we are able to marry you here.


Unfortunately everything has to be paid for! The fees are set annually by the Church of England and we will advise you of the costs according to your needs. For example: the services of the organist, bell-ringing, heating or flowers.

Orders of Service

If you plan to have a printed Order of Service we are always happy to help with putting the content together. In any event we do ask that you let us have a draft copy prior to printing as often printers use words for hymns, or service outlines, that differ enormously from the ones we have or are able to use.


There nearly always are some flowers in church, however, we have a resident flower arranger who can advise on styles and cost of flowers for the church. Please make enquiries with Val Simpson when booking your wedding. We are a busy church we do ask that you, or your florist, contacts us for access to the building at least a week before your event. This helps to alleviate any last minute worries.


You may already know the music and possibly hymns that you would like, or you may be wondering what other music is appropriate. Do you want a traditional feel or a more contemporary selection? What other music is there? There is a huge range of music suitable for your wedding, both live and recorded, and we would be delighted to assist in any way.Whilst we have excellent facilities to play recorded music, it is worth mentioning that this can present some problems with copyright. So, please check with us before making any firm plans for using recorded music. In addition, all recorded media must be on an original CD or an iTunes download made by ourselves, We cannot play any copied music.


It’s good to have a run through before the actual wedding day. We usually try and do this sometime the week before. It works best when we have both the bride and groom, the best man, the person giving the bride away, and the chief bridesmaid present. These all play an active part in the wedding and will want to know what to do and where to be.

Photography and Filming

We do permit official photography and filming during the marriage service, however, it is at the sole discretion of the officiating Minister.A single photographer is allowed. They must not use flash and need to remain in one place until the signing of the register – no moving around at all please! There are suitable places in church for doing this, and the photographer needs to agree these with the officiating Minister before the service begins.We have the same policy with filming. It must be with a single camera from one of the two fixed position in church, and with the agreement of the officiating Minister.Please do advise your photographer or film maker of these instructions beforehand or invite them along to the rehearsal.

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Visit the Church of England website for more information on Church Weddings.


Baptism or Christening
What is it all About ?
Everyone is welcome to have a their baby or child baptized at a Christening in their parish church and with around 10,000 babies and infants being Christened each month in the Church of England, it remains a popular decision for parents.
Here are some of the most frequently asked questions about getting your baby or child Christened.

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1. What exactly is Baptism? Baptism marks the beginning of a journey with God which continues for the rest of our lives. This first step is a response to God’s love. It is also a celebration, a time to come together with family and friends; remembering that your child is loved by God, is part of a wider community and has a place with God’s people. 2. What is the difference between a Baptism and a Christening? There is no difference between a Christening service and a Baptism service. Some churches will use the word ‘baptism’ and some the word ‘christening’. Babies are Baptized during a christening service just as couples are ‘married’ during a ‘wedding’ service. 3. Can anyone have a Christening service? Yes, so long as they have not been Baptized already. The Church of England welcomes all babies, children and families for Christenings – whatever shape that family takes. You do not have to be married to ask for a Christening for your child. You do not have to have been a regular churchgoer – as parents, you do not even have to have been Christened yourselves. 4. What about Godparents? Godparents are some of the most important people at the Christening. Godparents are not the people who will care for your child should anything happen to you. Arrangements for this would normally be made by a Will. Rather, they should be people who will be there for your child and help them think about the bigger questions in life – questions of love, hope and faith. Every child should have at least three godparents, two of the same sex and at least one of the opposite sex. Parents may be godparents for their own children, providing they have at least one other godparent. Godparents must be baptized themselves and old enough to make some serious promises on behalf of the child. 5. How much does a Christening service cost? The good news is that a Christening service is free. There may be costs for your family party afterwards, for gifts, or for christening robes, but the church service is free. (Occasionally parents need a certified copy of the entry in the register. There is a small charge for this) 6. Where can we hold the Christening? You can have your baby Christened at your local parish church and it is usually held as part of the main Sunday service. If you want to have the christening at a different church, for example, where you grew up or where you were married, you will need to talk to the vicar at that church. 7. Can we arrange a Christening at a separate time to the Sunday service? There may be opportunities to have a service at a different time, again usually on a Sunday, but talk to the vicar and ask their advice about what is possible at your church. 8. How old should my child be? You can have your baby or child Christened at any age. There is no upper age limit, but after about the age of seven your child may be able to make the promises for themselves. Talk to your vicar about baptizing an older child and how this might differ from a baby’s Christening service. 9. What happens in the service? At your baby’s Christening, water will be blessed and poured on the baby’s head – this is the baptism of your baby (the word ‘baptism’ means ‘to be immersed in water’). The baby will be signed with the cross and a special oil may be used for this. A candle from the church will be given. Godparents and parents will make promises on behalf of the baby, and prayers will be offered for the baby and the family. There may also be readings and hymns, which you may be able to choose.

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Visit the Church of England website for more information on Baptisms.

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The death of a family member is always a very difficult time. We are here to help if you would like us to be involved. Initial arrangements for a funeral need to be made through your chosen undertaker.

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Visit the Church of England website for more information on Funerals.