Life Events

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

Celebrating new life – Thanksgiving

When a new person comes into the world it is wonderful to be able to have a public service of thanksgiving. At All Saints a service of thanksgiving is open to anyone. We want to help you celebrate. The starting point is to come on a Sunday morning at 11am for a few weeks. Please make yourself know to one of the team. This will help you get a feel for who we are and what the church family is like. After you have visited, please get in touch with the Church Office and we will arrange for one of the team to visit you at home. They will help you think things through and begin to look at possible dates. I hope that this process will also encourage you to be part of the church family in the longer term. We also pray for you that you would discover the full life that following Jesus brings.

Celebrating new life – Baptism

For regular members of All Saints who have made a choice to follow Jesus, we also offer a service of baptism. (Sometimes known as a christening.) A baptism service requires you to make a clear and public statement of faith. To help you in your thinking we will offer all parents a course of preparation.

Thanksgivings and baptisms are a wonderful opportunity to celebrate together. Both services take place in the context of our main Sunday morning worship at 11am.

Please have a think about which would be the best way forward. If your not yet part of All Saints then I look forward to welcoming you very soon.

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