Church of the Good Shepherd – Life Events

There are times of great joy in life, such as the birth of a new child, or a wedding, there are also sadder times, such as the funeral of a loved one.

Events such as these are important milestones in life and at here at the Church of the Good Shepherd we are here to help you.

 

Image result for baptism water fontChristenings (Baptisms)

Congratulations on the safe arrival of your child. We are delighted that you want to find out about the possibility of a having your child christened.

Christening is about the decision to become a follower of Jesus, or to bring your child up as a follower of Jesus. Christening is also about joining the church – that is other people who have made the decision to follow Jesus.

If you are thinking about bringing your child for christening, then the best first step is to come and see us at one of our services and introduce yourself to Steve, our Rector.

Having seen us and talked with us if you decide that bringing you would like to bring your child for Christening then you can attend the church on any Tuesday evening 6:30-7:00pm when someone will be able to explain the process to you.

Christenings usually take place on the third Sunday of each month at 12:30pm, just after the main morning service. After the christening you along with your child will then be welcomed by the whole of the church family at our next all-age service. This will usually be on the first Sunday of the following month.

Some really helpful additional information about Christening, especially about the requirements, roles and responsibilities of godparents, can be found here. 

 

Weddings

Congratulations, we are delighted that you are interested in finding out about the possibility of having your wedding at the Church of the Good Shepherd.

We recognise that our building is not ancient mediaeval picture-postcard one but it’s modern, bright and versatile interior means that there are lots of opportunities to be creative in terms of seating and space.

It used to be that you had to live within the local area, the ‘parish’, in order to get married at your local church. That situation has now changed, so that now if you have certain ‘qualifying connections’ with a church then you are able to marry there. These connections are too complex to describe here, so if you are considering getting married the best thing to do is to contact Steve, our Rector, who will be more than happy to meet and talk with you.

Even if one or both of you has been married before and your previous partner is still alive that doesn’t necessarily mean that you can’t get married in Church.  The Church of England has guidelines that help clergy work through the issues with couples. We can’t promise an automatic “Yes” but we will do all that we can to help.

The Church of England has a great website to help you plan your big day – www.yourchurchwedding.org.  It is a fantastic resource to help you with your preparations!

 


Funerals

Usually families will speak to a Funeral Director first to arrange a funeral service.  If you want a service to take place at the Church of the Good Shepherd or for the Rector, Steve, to take the service directly at the crematorium you will need to let the funeral director know this.  Usually they will then contact us and, in consultation with you, arrange a date and time for the service.

When we lose someone who is precious to us we may find ourselves with many mixed emotions, sad, confused, fearful, uncertain about your own life, maybe feeling angry towards God, unable to cope with the simple things, perhaps wondering if it’s just a bad dream.

It’s at times like these that we need help. Our immediate family and friends may be a natural source of strength, support and encouragement but they too will be feeling the loss and will need support themselves. We may need to talk to someone outside the family. If you feel in need of help following the loss of someone you love then please don’t hesitate to get in contact with Steve, our Rector.