Life Events are those times where you may turn to the Church for support and in celebration of Birth, Marriage and at the End of Life. In this section you will find information for Baptism (Christening), Weddings and Funerals.
Our children are precious to us and precious to God. As parents we want the very best for them, and so does God. We want them to make right choices in life, for themselves and for others.
Baptism or christening is just the beginning of this and so much more. Over the years to come, it’s a journey you’ll share together with your child by:
Being there for your child to talk to about the bigger questions of life – questions about hope, faith and love. Praying for your child through the ups and downs of their faith journey.
Showing them practically how to make those good choices in life. Helping them to learn more about their Christian faith, through their church and in other ways.
In Baptism we thank God for his gift of life and publicly acknowledge his love. So it’s a commitment to start as you mean to go on.
All families that live within the Parish are entitled to Baptism. Baptism’s may be booked in church every Wednesday at St Clare’s Church between 5.30-6.30pm. There is no need to make an appointment, just come along to the church. Vestry, St Clare’s Church, St Cuthbert’s Way, Newton Aycliffe, DL5 5NT.
A church is so much more than simply a venue for your wedding. Unique and special things become part of your marriage, on the day itself and beyond:-
A church wedding will add a spiritual dimension to your marriage. The ceremony includes God and looks to him for help and guidance. God’s blessing is the main attraction for many couples, whatever their beliefs. You can make amazing vows, or promises, in a church. you can only make vows this big in a church.
These vows, made in public, will help you to stay together and grow together. God and your church are there for you to help you keep your vows.
The Vicar has a very particular role to play in your wedding. They can blend ancient tradition and modern experience to reflect your story. Because of the relationship with the Vicar, your wedding can be made personal, memorable, meaningful and beautiful.
Church buildings offer outstanding beauty and centuries of history. Imagine all the couples who have married in your local church, some of whom may well be your family. You can feel you’re becoming part of history itself, the bigger plan, by marrying in the same place as your relatives. We know these sorts of connections can make your day even more special and just as you would want it.
For some people, a church simply seems like the proper place to get married. Churches can be described as ‘peaceful’, ‘serene’, or having an atmosphere that makes marrying there a particularly special experience. This is the place to declare your love for one another and to consider God’s love for you both, now and in the future you share.
Weddings may be booked in church every Wednesday at St Clares Church between 5.30-6.30pm. There is no need to make an appointment, just come along to the church. Vestry, St Clare’s Church, St Cuthbert’s Way, Newton Aycliffe, DL5 5NT.
After your wedding, you’ll realise that a church is more than simply a wedding venue. We’ll always be here for you, for all the important times in your life.
You can marry in a Church of England church if you can show that one of you:
- has at any time lived in the parish for a period of at least 6 months, or was baptised (christened) in the parish concerned, or
- is confirmed and your confirmation was entered in the register of confirmations for a church or chapel in the parish (this will usually be the case if you were prepared for confirmation in the parish), or
- has at any time regularly gone to normal church services in the parish church for a period of at least 6 months
- That one of your parents, at any time after you were born:
- has lived in the parish for a period of at least 6 months, or
- has regularly gone to normal church services in the parish church for a period of at least 6 months
- that one of your parents or grandparents: was married in the parish.
Our church family will always be there to help you through one of life’s most difficult times. A Church of England-led funeral is available to everyone, giving support before, during and after the service, for as long as it’s needed.
Christians believe that each and every person is uniquely made in the image of God. So a Church of England funeral is a good place to give thanks for all that was special about the person you knew and loved.
A Church of England funeral can be held in a place that you choose – whether a church or a crematorium
It can also include unique details, whether that is what people wear, the music that is played, readings that are chosen or simply a photograph at the front. Talk to one of our minister’s about the person you want to give thanks for and work out what is possible.
The prayers at a funeral can also reflect a unique life. They could include prayers for work or a hobby that has been important, for those who have cared during a final illness and for family members by name. They can be led by the minister or by someone amongst family or friends who is at ease leading prayers in public.
Some popular hymns
- Abide with me
- Dear Lord and Father of Mankind
- Amazing Grace
- For all the Saints
- He who would valiant be
- Lord of all hopefulness
- Lord of the Dance
- Love divine all loves excelling
- Morning has broken
- Nearer my God to thee
- Make me a channel of thy peace
- The King of love my shepherd is
- The Lord’s my Shepherd
- The old rugged cross
- There is a green hill far away
Our bereavement support group meets at St Elizabeth’s Church, every Thursday at 2 p.m. for 30m