Baptism marks the beginning of the Christian journey, as you commit yourself (or your child) to following Jesus.
To help you prepare, we invite you to take a course on Christian basics, such as Chrisitianity Explored, Life Explored or The Alpha Course. The course will help you answer these questions: Who is Jesus? Why did he come? What does it mean to follow him? The course is designed for parents or grandparents bringing children for baptism and for teens and adults seeking baptism for themselves. Because preparation is so important, we prefer not to set a date for the baptism until the preparation has started. We believe that a commitment to preparation will ensure a more mature decision and richer experience following baptism. To find out when the next course is being offered, contact the Rev. Canon Peter Parker.
Confirmation is a public service of worship where a person reaffirms their baptismal vows. For those baptized as a baby, this is a chance to take ownership of the promises made on your behalf by your parents and sponsors. During the service, the Bishop 'confirms' your commitment to follow Christ.
To help you, we offer preparation for both youth and adults. The preparation is the same as for baptism, mentioned above. Please contact the Rev. Canon Peter Parker to find out when the next course will be offered.
As one young woman said: ‘We spent so much time planning for our wedding, but very little time, if any, planning for married life.’
As you get ready to begin married life, we want to help you build a healthy marriage as husband and wife. A relationship with Jesus Christ is the most important relationship we can have and will enrich your marriage. Here's what Jesus had to say about marriage: "In the original creation, God made male and female to be together. Because of this, a man leaves father and mother, and in marriage he becomes one flesh with a woman—no longer two individuals, but forming a new unity.” (The Message)
To help you prepare for marriage, we recommend one of the courses mentioned in the 'Baptism' section above. Being a regular part of Sunday worship and completing the course are necessary steps to getting married at either St Mary’s or St Stephen’s. Contact Rev. Canon Peter Parker if you have questions and to find out when the next course is taking place.
We can help you during the difficult period following the death of a loved one. Our Anglican funeral service speaks words of comfort and hope, all based on the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. The Pastor or Deacon will work with you to plan the service, including Bible readings and hymns. Subject to availability, our two halls may be booked for a reception after the service. For a funeral at St Mary's, contact the office. For a funeral at St Stephen's, contact the office.