The church has been always been used to mark the most important events in our life - our birth, our commitment to God, our marriage and ultimately the end of life itself. On this page, we give links to the Church of England website where there is further information. The links are accessed by clicking the titles of each section below, To find out more about how we can assist you with any of these life events, please do not hesitate to contact us by clicking here.
Baptism & Confirmation
In the early days of the Church, new Christians were often baptised at Easter. After a course of instruction in the faith, they publicly entered into a new life. Today, it is usual (though not always the case) for baptism to take place at an early age. Baptisms can be during a normal service, or at a specially arranged one
Confirmation may take place as a young person, or later in life. At St Michaels, we offer courses for both.
Today more than a quarter of all marriages in England take place before God in the traditional setting of a Church of England church. St Michaels is a particularly popular venue, in part because of our clergy who help you plan the perfect service, and also because it is a beautiful church which makes an ideal setting.
In addition to the Church of England website, there is also a separate website called yourchurchwedding.org, which gives helpful guidance.
Funerals and bereavment support
A funeral marks the close of a human life on earth. It is the opportunity for friends and family to express their grief, to give thanks for the life which has now completed its journey in this world. The church welcomes the opportunity to serve the community through officiating at funerals. Arrangements are normally made by the funeral directors. St Michaels has a small team of people who can offer a listening ear to those who have been bereaved. This support is available to anyone in the parish. If you would like to speak with someone, please contact one of the clergy or the parish office. We hold 2 memorial services a year for those recently bereaved.