What is Baptism?
Baptism is and can also be known as a Christening.
In baptism, you as parents are: thanking God for his gift of life, deciding to start your child on the journey of faith and asking for the churches support.
For your child, baptism; marks the start of a journey of faith, which involves turning away from the darkness of self-centeredness, turning towards Christ and becoming a member of the local and worldwide Christian family.
Baptism is a ‘sacrament’: a visible sign of God’s love. In baptism we are thanking God for his gift of life and publicly acknowledging his love. We are acknowledging that we all need to turn away from the darkness of evil and to make a new start with God.
To book a Baptism you should attend the parish office of the church in which you would like the Baptism to take place.
Who can get married at St. Matthews or St. Thomas'
You need to live within either parish boundary. If you are unsure come and look at the map in the Parish office (Sat 9:30-10:30am)
If you don't then you will need to be on the electoral roll, which means becoming a regular member of our Church community.
You may also get married at St Matthews or St. Thomas' if you have a special link with the area, again please talk to the parish priest who will be able to help you further.
If you have been divorced, then this does not exclude you from getting married with us, please talk to the parish priest about your situation.
How do I book a wedding?
One or both of you needs to come to our parish office, which is held every Saturday. The office is staffed by members of our congregation who will be able to fill in the right forms with you and book your wedding into the diary.
Who can have a funeral at St. Matthews or St. Thomas'
If you live in Bridgemary or Elson you are entitled to have your funeral at either St. Matthews or St. Thomas', alternatively the parish clergy can conduct a service at the crematorium or at the cemetery.
A Christian funeral is essentially a moment for hope, for while the occasion offers thanksgiving to God for the life of the deceased and prayers for loved ones who are left behind. It commends the person who has died to the eternal love of God.