Life Events

Please scroll down the page for information on Baptism, Confirmation, Weddings and Funerals

Baptism

In baptism we thank God for the gift of a life and respond to the love that he has shown to us in Jesus.
The Christian tradition is traced back to Jesus himself being baptised in the river Jordan.

During the baptism service, the person being baptised declares their Christian belief and promises to follow Jesus as a disciple. In the Anglican Church, as well as baptising adults it is also common to baptise young children (this is sometimes known as ‘christening’ ); in this case the declarations and promises are made on their behalf by parents and Godparents. Some parents prefer to have a service of thanksgiving and dedication for their child, so that s/he can decide for themselves later in life if they want to be baptised.

At All Saints the baptism of children usually takes place during a normal Sunday morning service. If you would like to talk about either baptism or a service of thanksgiving, then please phone or email the Church Office.

For FAQs about Godparents follow this link to the Church of England website

Confirmation

Confirmation marks the point in the Christian journey where those who have been baptised as children make a firm commitment to Christian discipleship.
Usually these confirmation ‘candidates’ are prepared together for this important step by discussing the Christian faith and the life of discipleship with one of our staff team. In the Anglican tradition, recently baptised adults are also encouraged to be confirmed.

Confirmation services usually take place twice a year in the Bath area. Through prayer and the laying on of hands by a bishop, the Church asks God to give those being confirmed the power, through the Holy Spirit, to live the life of discipleship.

For details of forthcoming confirmation services, and preparation through All Saints, please contact the Church Office.

Weddings

If you’re newly engaged, then many congratulations!
We are very happy to welcome you to marry at All Saints. We want you to enjoy the planning and have a truly happy day, so we aim to ensure that the church arrangements are as straightforward as possible.

Every year we offer a marriage preparation course to help you lay sound foundations for life-long commitment. Our church ministers also help each couple to work through the details of your service.

In order to be married at All Saints you must be able to satisfy the following requirements:

One or both of you must be able to establish a qualifying connection with the Parish of All Saints, Weston. The possible connections are:
You were baptised in the parish church; or
You had your confirmation entered in a church register book in the parish; or
You have at any time lived in the parish for at least 6 months; or
You have at any time regularly attended public worship in the parish for at least 6 months;

You are also connected if:
a parent of one of you has lived in the parish for at least 6 months; or
a parent of one of you has regularly attended public worship in the parish for at least 6 months; or
a parent or grandparent of one of you was married in the parish.

If either of you will not be 18 by the proposed date of the wedding, we will need to know that the consent of parents or guardians has been obtained.
You must not be closely related to each other.

If either of you have been married before, had a previous civil partnership, or are not a UK national, then please mention this at an early stage so that one of our ministers can discuss with you the special issues that then arise. Please also let us know if you have changed your name at any time.

It is important to give yourselves enough time to plan carefully for your wedding: you can find useful help for planning a personal and meaningful church wedding by following this link.

One important step is to have your forthcoming wedding announced at All Saints, and in your own parish church if either of you live elsewhere this is called reading the Banns. It is a legal requirement that this happens on three consecutive Sundays, and therefore at least four weeks before you are married. Once your wedding date is confirmed our staff team will ensure that your banns are read at All Saints.

If one of you lives outside our parish however, then you need to contact the local vicar and arrange for your banns to be called in the parish church where you live as well. Once your banns are called, the vicar there will provide you with a certificate to give to our Church Office, and there is a fee for this. If you are on the Electoral Roll of a parish church other than where you live, you still need to arrange for the banns to be called in your resident parish.

You will need to keep an eye on the cost of your wedding as well. The legal fees are fixed by the Government: www.yourchurchwedding.org
Details of other fees (for the organist, sound desk technician etc) are available from the Church Office.

To discuss getting married at All Saints contact the Church Office.

Funerals

A funeral, or a service of thanksgiving, is used to mark the end of a person’s life here on earth.
Family and friends come together to express grief, give thanks for the life lived and commend the person into God’s keeping. This important time together can be a small, quiet ceremony or a large occasion in a packed church.

Ministers from the team at All Saints can provide pastoral support to families at this difficult time, whether or not they, or the person who has died, attended church. Our team can discuss service details and can take funerals in the church or at Haycombe Crematorium. The churchyard at All Saints has been closed for many years, so burials also have to take place at Haycombe Cemetery. Ashes however can be buried at All Saints, in the Memorial Garden, with a simple service of interment.

As a first step, ask your undertaker to contact us to enquire about possible dates and times for the service you’d like, and about pastoral support from our team.

For further information on planning a special funeral service, follow these links:
Planning a Funeral
The Funeral Service